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Linda Robson inspired to lose weight by co-star Pauline Quirke

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Linda Robson has said that she was inspired to lose weight after seeing her Birds of a Feather co-star Pauline Quirke shed over eight stone.

Quirke, who recently made her on-screen Emmerdale exit, lost eight and a half stone after dieting during her time on the ITV1 soap.

Linda Robson appears on 'Daybreak'

© Rex Features / Steve Meddle



Speaking on Daybreak, Robson said that between herself and Quirke, they had lost 12 stone in weight: "So quite a lot - I didn't realise that until this morning. Pauline's lost eight and a half, and I've lost three and a half."

She continued: "I saw Pauline looking so fantastic - I mean the last time I saw her she was probably the biggest I'd ever seen her, she was over 19 stone. And then she went off to do Emmerdale and then when I saw some pictures in the paper, I thought, 'My God, she looks fantastic'.

Birds of a Feather Cast: Pauline Quirke, Lesley Joseph and Linda Robson

Linda Robson appears on 'Daybreak'

© Rex Features / Steve Meddle

Linda Robson appears on 'Daybreak'

© Rex Features / Steve Meddle



"And then I went onto This Morning and surprised her, and I just couldn't recognise her. Her whole frame - I mean you think shoulders, they're bones, they're not going to get smaller - but they have. I mean she's got this tiny little frame and I thought, 'Right, I've got to do something about it'."

The comedy duo will reunite with former co-star Lesley Joseph for a Birds of a Feather stage tour, which kicks off next month.

Discussing her friendship with Joseph, she added: "She keeps texting me 'skinny', and I keep texting her back 'fatty'! But she's not, she's always been tiny."

> 'Birds of a Feather' cast reunited on 'This Morning': Picture
> 'Emmerdale' Pauline Quirke: 'I'd love to return'

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