TV Choice Awards 2011: Pauline Quirke shows off her 7st weight loss - Daily Mail

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By Emily Sheridan

Last updated at 8:05 AM on 14th September 2011

She admitted she used to hate award shows and avoided photographers when she weighed her heaviest.

But after losing over 7st since January, Emmerdale actress Pauline Quirke is finally feeling confident again.

The former Birds Of A Feather star, 52, showed off her new trim figure in a black dress as she happily posed for paparazzi on the red carpet of the TV Choice Awards last night.

Feeling confident: Emmerdale actress Pauline Quirke poses in a black prom dress as she arrives at the TV Choice Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London

Weight loss: Quirke was classed as 'severely obese' by doctors

Weight loss: Quirke was classed as 'severely obese' by doctors

Joined by her co-star Danny Miller, 20, Quirke looked comfortable as she showed off her new size 14 figure at the Savoy Hotel.

After being warned by her doctor in January she was 'severely obese', Quirke started following the LighterLife weight-loss programme - which combines a low-calorie diet and counselling sessions.

After tipping the scales at 19st 6lb last Christmas, the actress is now down to a healthy 12 stone and has dropped from a size 28 to a 14/16.

In an interview with the Mail last month, she admitted she had begun to look at fashion for the first time in years.

She said: ''I look at the fashion pages in magazines, too, which I'd never done before because I had no interest. Why would I? My size was so limiting to the amount of stuff I could buy.'

Even in May, when she was a few stone heavier than she is now, she had already begun to feel her confidence growing.

She recalled: 'A few months ago, I went to the Soap Awards with the Emmerdale cast. They're not my idea of a fun evening, but I was nominated for Best Newcomer.

Who's your date? Quirke arrived on the arm of her young co-star Danny Miller, who plays the boyfriend of her character Hazel's late son Jackson in the soap

Who's your date? Quirke arrived on the arm of her young co-star Danny Miller, who plays the boyfriend of her character Hazel's late son Jackson in the soap

'Anyway, I went and bought a dress at Monsoon, the first time I've been able to pick up a dress from a shop that isn't targeted at larger women.

'Usually, I'd have got out of the car and run like the wind just to get into the building and avoid photographers because I hated having my picture taken. But that night I sauntered down the red carpet thinking, "Look at me."'

Quirke attended last night's awards after being nominated as Best Soap Actress for her portrayal of Hazel Rhodes in Emmerdale, but missed out to Jessie Wallace in EastEnders.

Her young co-star Miller, who looked dapper in a River Island suit, also missed out on Best Soap Actor to EastEnders' Shane Richie.

Winners of the TV Choice Awards 2011

Best Food Show: Jamie's 30 Minute Meals

Best Entertainment Show: Celebrity Juice

Best Drama Series: Being Human

Best New Drama: Sherlock

Best Daytime Show: The Jeremy Kyle Show

Best Game Show: The Cube

Best Family Drama: Doctor Who

Best Reality Show: The Apprentice

Best Talent Show: Britain's Got Talent

Best Comedy: The Inbetweeners

Best Lifestyle Show: Come Dine With Me

Best Factual Entertainment Show: Top Gear

Best Actor: David Tennant, Single Father

Best Actress: Karen Gillan, Doctor Who

Best Soap Newcomer: Paula Lane (Kylie Platt), Coronation Street

Best Soap Storyline: 50th Anniversary tram crash, Coronation Street

Best Soap Actress: Jessie Wallace, EastEnders

Best Soap Actor: Shane Richie, EastEnders

Best Soap: EastEnders

14 Sep, 2011

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