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Dawn French easing up on strict diet

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Nov 06, 2012 | 4:00am EST

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."

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