Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley was pictured in tears after filming her final scenes as Eva Price, claiming that it was “the hardest decision of my life.”
After seven years playing blonde bombshell Eva on the long-running northern soap opera, Catherine is quitting the show to take on a completely new career.
And the moment that she finished her final scene was caught on camera, as she hugged the cast, unable to contain her emotions.
Sharing the video of her final moments on set of Coronation Street on her Instagram, Catherine wrote: “That’s a wrap!!! Time to hang up Eva’s stilettos and wonder bras!
“My beautiful corrie family I ADORE you. Thankyou from the bottom of my heart xxxxx.”
And it has been revealed that Catherine plans to quit acting altogether to become a writer.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, she said: “We plan to travel, laugh as much as possible, live in the moment, work hard and cuddle my boys.
“In between, I’m writing books and scripts too, ideally on a beach or in the Lake District.”
Fans flocked to social media to wish Catherine luck in the next chapter of her life, as one said: “You’re an amazing actor! Sad to see you go.”
Another added: “Eva is one of my fave characters – can’t believe it.”
A third said: “You have been amazing on Corrie and you will be sorely missed. I am dreading your exit scenes, I’ll be blubbing for sure x x”
For Catherine, it is a far cry from her days as, what she described, “a different person.”
Last year, Tyldesley has revealed she keeps a photo of herself when she was at her heaviest on her phone to remind her of how far she’s come in her weight loss journey.
The actress has often spoken about the fact that she was overweight as a teenager and reached a size 22 and 15 stone when she was 17.
Catherine, 34, dropped to her current size 8-10 after adopting a new healthy eating and regular exercise regime, and in a new interview with Best magazine, the star admitted keeping an old photo of her previous size to hand as a reminder of her journey and how well she’s done.
She said: “I actually keep a picture from when I was big on my phone to remind myself just how far I’ve come.
“I know all too well how hard it is when you’re trying to lose weight
When I was 17, long before I got my job on Coronation Street , I was almost 15 stone and thought a healthy meal was a large bowl of pasta.
I took control of my weight, and I slowly and steadily lost more than 5st.
Along the way, I learned to understand just how important a healthy, balanced diet is. It sparked my huge interest in healthy living and nutrition.”
And now Catherine uses her old pictures to inspire her healthy lifestyle.
“When I look at pictures of myself from that time, it doesn’t look like me.
“I was a different person.
“In terms of body shape, I’m the smallest I’ve ever been.”
She previously told the Sunday People: “I can’t tell you how much happier I am now. It sounds a cliché but I was always the loud, jolly one. Not the sexy one.
“But as I got older I didn’t want to be like that anymore so I had to change.”
She gave birth to her first child, son Alfie, two years ago, and has said that she lost the baby weight “gradually and sensibly” rather than put pressure on herself in order to get back in to shape immediately.
“I definitely push myself harder in the gym,” she told Fit and Well.
“After I had Alfie, I wondered how my body would settle, but gradually and sensibly I’ve got back to where I want to be.”
According to The Sun, Catherine has described her exercise regime as “heavy on weight training”, she explained: “It’s one of the fastest ways of changing your body – and if you are lifting correctly during squats, lunges, etc, you should be engaging your core anyway, and that will give you great results everywhere.”
She also tries to steer clear of processed food and stick to an all-natural food diet, loaded with fish, nuts, avocados and low-sugar fruits such as berries.
She also hikes with her personal trainer husband Tom Pitfield and their young son.
“We do a lot of walking, as a family,” she told ITV’s Lorraine.
“I’ve been getting in the garden, growing organic vegetables. I think it’s really important to do stuff together as a family.
“[It’s just about] keeping active.”
She also said that she and her husband Tom want their son to grow up to enjoy outdoor pursuits and exercise.
“We want to instil it from a young age,” she said.
It appears she does sometimes have to the odd wobble and is close to reverting back to unhealthy ways, “It’s a struggle. At Christmas time, Fat Cath is dying to make a comeback. I eat that clean now that when I eat junk food I feel awful.”
What a transformation she has made. Good on her!