Catherine Tyldesley, 35, who is best known for her role as Eva Price in the ITV soap Coronation Street, has opened up about her weight fears as she revealed she believes she’s “still too big” ahead of her Strictly debut. The Coronation Street soap star spoke candidly about body confidence and admitted when she attended theatre school 14 years ago she weighed 15 stone, which impacted her self-esteem. The actress has revealed she felt “bigger than everyone else” and so avoided attending dance lessons. Speaking to The Sun’s Fabulous magazine this week, she divulged: “I never felt body confident enough to do it.
“I felt so much bigger than everyone else and I used to think, ‘Who would be able to lift me?’”
She continued: “90 per cent of the classes I just didn’t turn up to. Dance wasn’t my thing at all.”
The small-screen star has since dropped from a size 22 to a size 10 and feels more body confident.
Catherine divulged: “In my head I’m still too big, so I’m hoping [Strictly] will be a bit therapeutic for me. And it might help me break through everything I’m terrified of.
“At the minute it feels like it’s happening to someone else, I’m so far out of my comfort zone. I’m scared of doing a forward roll, so god knows how I’ll cope with the lifts.”
Catherine is set to be taking to the dance floor in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing which returns this month.
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