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Actress I starved myself for parts.

Actress Frances Barber has revealed she starved herself to make it in Hollywood - after speaking to her pal Elizabeth Hurley.

The 62-year-old Silk star flew there five years ago to try to build a film career and felt under pressure to lose weight to get parts.

So she dropped 1.5st by not eating - and says it was after some words from Elizabeth, 54. The pair starred together in Channel 4 series Orchid House in the early 1990s.

Frances said: "I literally stopped eating and not in a healthy way.

"Elizabeth is an old friend of mine and she lost weight very, very rapidly a few years ago.

"I asked her how she did it and she said, 'I just starved' - and that's what I did. I lost a stone and a half."

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live, she told of the pressure she was under.

She added: "It was really brutal but I was going to castings and I was the biggest person there, a size 12. I was twice the size of everybody else. It got to me."

But Frances said the transformation was shortlived after returning home. She added: "I came back two years ago and everyone said I looked amazing - for about 10 months."

Frances has had two Olivier Award nominations for her stage work and appeared in films including Prick up Your Ears.

She said: "I am happy I got it out of my system. I am also happy I didn't do it when I was young."



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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 9, 2020
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