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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