Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Victoria Helped Me Lose Weight: Maxine ; THE DIARY

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Victoria Helped Me Lose Weight: Maxine ; THE DIARY

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ACCLAIMED actress Maxine Peake has revealed that working with the late Victoria Wood on the BBC hit show Dinnerladies inspired her to lose weight.

someone calibre inspiration Speaking on The Graham Norton Show last night, Peake said: "I was a lot larger then and the wonderful Victoria gave me a little chat. She said, 'You're fat, you're blond and you're northern, you'll get typecast."

Comedian and actress Victoria died at the age of 62, after a short battle with cancer. The Prestwich-born writer and performer came to prominence in the 1980s with her TV collaborations with Julie Walters and others.

Wood's advice had a profound effect on Peake: "She felt it was what she had experienced.

with of her an amazing to me Peake "I'd been told at drama school but when someone like Victoria said it I took notice and lost loads of weight. …

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