EastEnders fans are desperate to know how Letitia Dean, also known as Sharon Mitchell on screen, lost so much weight recently. Whilst the actress has not officially revealed her weight loss method, she has spoken about diets and exercise in the past.
Taking to Twitter, one soap fan said: “I beg someone tell me Letitia Dean’s weight loss secret #EastEnders.”
Another added: “I’m gonna need Letitia Dean’s weight loss plan because she looks stunning in Eastenders (sic).”
“Letitia Dean has lost so much weight, she looks amazing. Massive well done to her!” A third wrote.
Another tweet read: “Bloody hell Sharon in EastEnders is literally HALF the woman she used to be!!”
And someone else chimed: “Sharon is looking good. She looks like she’s had 20 years taken off!”
Letitia first appeared on screen in 1985 and in recently months, those watching the BBC soap have noticed her incredible transformation after reportedly dropping four dress sizes.
In the past, the actress has opened up about her body image struggles and revealed how trolls often targeted her because of her weight.
She explained the constant abuse led her to get a breast reduction when she was a teenager in a bid to stop the nasty comments.
In 2020, Letitia spoke on the EastEnders spin-off show Secrets from the Square and said: “I had quite a lot of horrible things said about me. ‘She’s too fat, the other actors complain they can’t fit on the same set with her.’”
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Discussing her choice to have breast reduction surgery, she told Hello!: “I was a lot less secure about myself and there was a lot of focus on how I looked.
“Occasionally, the attention on my appearance still bothers me – it bothers all women, doesn’t it? – but I have those things in perspective nowadays.”
Letitia left EastEnders in 1995 before returning in 2001 for five years, and in that time, she took part in Strictly Come Dancing.
She confessed the main reason for signing up was to change her lifestyle and stop “yo-yo” dieting.
Letitia, who finished fourth, told Closer about her weight loss journey: “It started with Strictly Come Dancing because I felt great by the end of the show and the live tour.
“But the main reason I wanted to do something about my figure was that I was so sick of extreme dieting and my weight yo-yo-ing.
“I just woke up one morning, and I’d had enough. For years and years – as long as I can remember – my weight had yo-yoed up and down. I’d go on fad diets like Atkins or I’d only eat eggs.”
Strictly is a gruelling show for celebrities to take part in, with many dancing eight hours minimum a day, six days a week for up to four months.
Alongside extreme dieting, Letitia “lost a stone in a couple of weeks” but she eventually slipped back into old habits and “put it all on again”.
In 2008, Letitia released a fitness DVD called Letitia Dean’s Lean Routine.
Then last year, she was seen for the first time visibly slimmer on screen.
While the actress hasn’t confirmed how she lost weight, her co-star Natalie Cassidy did tell a fan that neither she nor Letitia endorse weight loss pills, despite false advertisements circling the internet suggesting so.
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