Where Have I Gone?
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Pauline Quirke was a skinny child, a slim teenager, a curvy woman, then - according to her bathroom scales (curse them), just plain fat. Yes, the "F" word. Tipping the scales at nearly 280 lbs., with creaking knees and a dodgy ankle to boot, at the beginning of 2011 Pauline had reached a crisis point. Something had to change, and fast. It was never going to be an easy ride, but with her trademark warmth and sense of humour, Pauline recounts the highs and lows of the rollercoaster year in which she whips herself, and her life, into shape, with a fair few tales from her celebrated forty-year acting career thrown into the bargain. She reveals all: from the strain of working long hours away from home on one of Britain's most popular soaps to renewing her wedding vows and reuniting with her Birds of a Feather co-stars; from battling the bulge and facing the naysayers to rediscovering the joys of airline travel, without a seatbelt extension. Honest and revealing, Where Have I Gone? is brimming with brilliantly funny anecdotes and truly moving moments. So put your feet up and join Pauline as she embarks on the most incredible year of her life.
ensemble that was very pretty, and there was even a long leopard-print dress with a light denim jacket to go over it. Blimey, they ain’t got that for me, have they? That was my initial thought when I spotted it. Animal print? I just couldn’t imagine it. The first outfit I tried on after I’d had my hair and make-up done, though, was a cerise pink silk blouse with a softer pink pair of trousers, which everyone agreed looked very nice. I didn’t really feel like looking in the mirror at that point
holiday, either: the activities portion of our holiday altered drastically, too, and for one simple reason … I wanted to walk! Mallorca is such a gorgeous place, and to me it has everything. At one time we’d been lucky enough to own a villa there, but on this occasion we were staying at a hotel in Palma. Now Palma, like many beautiful cities, is all about walking, and previously this was something that hadn’t been easy for me because of my size. Still, there I was thoroughly enjoying exploring
weighing almost 20 stone not that long ago. If I’d ever needed a reminder of why it had been so vitally important for me to shed all that fat, here it suddenly and unexpectedly was. A month or so before, I’d had some aches and pains in my knees, but I’d put that down to the fact that I was going to the gym regularly and using the treadmill. Perhaps, I thought, my poor old knees were simply getting used to all this new activity, or maybe I hadn’t been warming up and stretching enough before I
levels were so much higher now made this a completely different New York from the one I’d experienced in the past. As for the food (which is everywhere you look in New York, and we’re not talking small portions, either) – well, I ate what I wanted when I wanted it, I suppose … within reason! I mean, I never had one of those infamous American breakfasts: pancakes, maple syrup, bacon and all that malarkey. I couldn’t eat like that now if you paid me – in fact, even the ‘old me’ wouldn’t have eaten
Thornton and a very young Daniel Radcliffe. With the fat suit, cast and crew of The Sculptress in 1997. I still think it was pretty brave of the BBC to cast me as murderess Olive Martin while I was still in Birds of a Feather. Filming Down to Earth on location in Devon. They say never work with children or animals, but I think the cow got it right first take and it was me who mucked up the shot! Looking rather stern as DCI Hazel Norton in Cold Blood, with Jemma Redgrave, John Hannah and Ace