Dawn French is best known for the popular comedy show French and Saunders which aired from 1987 to 2005.
Dawn explained: “When I was due to have my hysterectomy the doctor told me that if I could lose some weight before the op, they would be able to do it via keyhole, and I would recover in three weeks or so.
“Otherwise it would be big open surgery, and three months to recover.”
But how did she manage to lose so much weight?
Dawn explained she only had low-calorie meals and started exercising more.
“I set about dropping a few stone.
“No magic wand, just tiny, joyless low-cal eating and lots more walking for weeks and weeks.
“It was grim. I lost seven-and-a-half stone. I could have the keyhole surgery.
“Great. That’s all it was, practical,” she explained.
Her secret then was a balanced and healthy diet and a more active lifestyle.
The actress, however, admitted struggling to maintain her current weight.
“I shed the weight a long time ago, I go up a bit, down a bit, feel no different. I’m still Dawn, I liked the old Dawn, I may go there again, depends how many doughnuts I decide to eat,” she told Loose Women.
Dawn said she doesn’t “give a f**k” about gaining weight again.
“I’ve gone back to being an entire barrel but do you know what, I’m going to be 63 this year, I don’t give a f***, I really don’t, so long as I can walk.
“I’m not going to be stingy to myself anymore. I never did dislike anything about my body, even when I was very, very fat. I refuse to be forced to dislike myself.”
Dawn continued: “I used to get really angry when I did lose weight, people going, ‘You look so well,’ as if you looked awful before – rewarding you for managing it, which is not easy, I accept that.
“But I didn’t want people to give me approval. It’s so patronising.”