Dawn French easing up on strict diet

The Harry Potter star stunned fans by drastically slimming down, but French – who is dating charity boss Mark Bignell after divorcing funnyman Lenny Henry in 2010 – is learning to love her meals again.

She tells Britain’s Woman magazine, “I’ve lost seven-and-a-half stone since I started making an effort and recently put about two back on.

“I lost the weight by denying myself quite a lot of things and recently I haven’t denied those things as much. Bread and pasta and potatoes are my weakness. I went to Paris recently and I wasn’t going to not eat bread!

“Generally I eat much more healthily and I eat less, probably half as much as I did before. I am very fond of this body – it’s served me well and it’s never disappointed me. I understand it, I know it and I even like it now it’s all saggy, it’s a mark of my journey this far.”