Lisa Riley chats tattooing, weight loss and her desire to become a mum

Lisa Riley chats tattooing, weight loss and her desire to become a mum

WE take a seat in the inking parlour with the actress, 41, and chat weight loss, kids and body confidence. Where: Inky G’s Tattoos, Wolverhampton. Lisa, you’re playing a tattooist in your new…

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WE take a seat in the inking parlour with the actress, 41, and chat weight loss, kids and body confidence.

Where: Inky G’s Tattoos, Wolverhampton.

 Former Emmerdale star Lisa Riley sits down with Fabulous' Francine at the Wolverhampton inking parlourAlicia Clarke Former Emmerdale star Lisa Riley sits down with Fabulous’ Francine at the Wolverhampton inking parlour

Lisa, you’re playing a tattooist in your new TV drama – have you learned how to do it for real?

I have! I spent ages with a tattoo artist and I’m pretty good with a needle now.

Have you got any tattoos yourself?

I have a fake full-body rose tattoo for the series, but I don’t have any real ones. I was actually going to get one about three years ago, just on my bra line.

 Despite playing a tattooist in her new TV role Lisa says she doesn't have an inkings herselfAlicia Clarke Despite playing a tattooist in her new TV role Lisa says she doesn’t have an inkings herself

I got as far as going into the tattoo studio, but chickened out.

If I ever get a period drama, I don’t really want a tattoo!

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Your 12st weight loss is remarkable – what made you do it?

I lost my mum Cath to cancer in 2012, when she was only 57.

Then in 2015, my dad Terry was in hospital after a cancer scare and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

It was like a light bulb going on. I don’t smoke or drink any more. I lost 12st, going from a size 28 to
12 by sheer hard work, diet and exercise.

So no gastric band then?

No, it really annoys me that people say that.

Listen, I could eat a family-sized trifle all by myself. And crisps were my heroin! I still miss them.

 The 41-year-old has lost an incredible 12 stone after cutting out smoking, drink and upping the amount of exerciseAlicia Clarke The 41-year-old has lost an incredible 12 stone after cutting out smoking, drink and upping the amount of exercise

Not to mention being able to polish off a bottle of Malbec easily. But I radically changed my eating habits. I cut out carbs and now eat lots of fresh fruit and veg. I still exercise a lot – Zumba classes and the like. And at the beginning I went to boot camp a few times to give me a kick-start.

What do you like most about how you look?

I do like looking at myself now, I have to be honest. I’m a real slave to lingerie! I’ve got every single piece of the new Rosie For Autograph range at Marks & Spencer.

If I wanted an evening dress I used to have to order online from America, as that was the only place I could get lovely frocks in big sizes.

Whereas now I can go anywhere and everything looks fab.

Confidence never seemed to be an issue for you when you were bigger, though…

 Lisa, who appeared on the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing, pictured at her heaviest before the weight lossGETTY Lisa, who appeared on the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing, pictured at her heaviest before the weight loss

I don’t want to sound vain, but maybe I’m more classy now.

I don’t have to be the one being the centre of attention any more. I was overcompensating – I had to be funny.

Now, I think: “Lisa, you get enough attention in work, never mind in your private life.”

One of the best things now is I’m cast just as an actress rather than filling a brief that says fat, chubby or bubbly!

Are you in a relationship?

Yes, I’m in a very happy relationship with Al.

We’ve been together three and a half years and it works because we have our private life.

No one really cares, as there are lots of reality people to write about who want to tell everyone about their relationships.

Frankly, I don’t want to be one of them. He’s seen me change – before, middle and after. He loved me before – he saw through the chub.

 She has recently opened up about trying IVF with her partnerAlicia Clarke She has recently opened up about trying IVF with her partner

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