EastEnders Keanu actor Danny Walters reveals he weighed 16st as a child and was warned he’d die of a heart attack

DANNY Walters was such a heart-throb in EastEnders that his character fathered two babies from a mother and her step-daughter.

But the actor who played Keanu Taylor wasn’t always a hunk. He once weighed 16st and docs told him he was at risk of a heart attack.


Danny revealed that an insult while on holiday with his brother in his teens triggered his weight loss.

He explains: “We were talking to these two girls on the sun loungers and I came out and said, ‘Hey’ and they turned around and said, ‘Oh my God — who’s this ugly fat guy?’

“I was like, ‘Woah’ and my brother said, ‘Hey, that’s really harsh.’ I started crying and ran off.”

He added: “This is not what I wanted people to see me as — the funny fat guy.

"So I was like, I’m done with that.

"I want girls to like me, I want girls to love me.”

Danny revealed that as a kid he would hide family-size packs of Haribo sweets in his school blazer.

Bullies ribbed him over his weight and, desperate for the abuse to stop, he bought them cigarettes in a bid to befriend them.

Only advice from a teacher at his school stopped him falling in with the wrong crowd.

Danny, who quit the soap in November, is now in prime shape and trains six times a week.

He told Mike Fenton Stevens' My Time Capsule podcast: “Training helps me to push myself, to only get better for myself.

"Because I used to weigh 16st — I used to be big — there is a massive motivation behind what I do and the way I train because I never went to go backwards.”

Warning bell for Strictly

WORKING on The One Show not only perfects hosts’ presenting skills, but also seemingly their ability to dance the tango, rumba and pasodoble.

Over the past few years, show stalwarts Christine Lampard, Matt Baker and current host Alex Jones have all graced the Strictly dancefloor – so could Angellica Bell be up next?

In an exclusive chat, she said: “I like challenges, so who knows?

“I can’t imagine ever learning steps but I like clubbing and think I’m quite a good dancer. But that doesn’t mean it will translate to Strictly.”

However, the dance show’s bosses might have trouble securing her ­signing.

The former CBBC presenter, who is married to telly-host-turned-teacher Michael Underwood, revealed that she has been forced to turn down media work in the past to put the welfare of her two young children first.

Angellica, who is ­helping the BT Skills For Tomorrow initiative by teaching children to explore the web safely, added: “You have to make sacrifices. I don’t have any help.

“I have my family and we juggle it and so it means sometimes I can’t take a job because Michael will be working that day.

“I have turned down jobs if it doesn’t work around us.”

Must watch

WHAT? Harlots, BBC2, 9pm.

WHY? This sex-soaked tale is based on a steamy true story of prostitution in Georgian London, with the drama revolving around rival brothel keepers played by Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville.

Gemma's a real leg-end

GEMMA Collins may be a glamour puss with a few bob in the bank but she proves she’s still a no-nonsense Essex girl in  an upcoming documentary.

Channel 4 show Inside Missguided: Made In Manchester delves behind the scenes at the fashion brand. And in one scene they hire The GC to promote their clothes.

In the docu, which airs next Wednesday, the ex-Towie star is seen preparing for a PR opportunity while wearing the chain’s clothes and arriving at an event in a pink Rolls-Royce.

But when she realises her trousers are creased, she spontaneously strips down to her underwear to allow them to be pressed.

All this takes place in the back of the car, with her bare legs sticking out of the door on to a busy London street.

And Gemma gleefully tells the cameramen: “You should be filming this – this is great content!” She’s so right.

Stars out for VJ Day

THE BBC will mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day on August 15 with a day of special programming on BBC1.

From 9.30am to 11.30am, Sophie Raworth, Fergal Keane and Dan Snow will be live from the remembrance commemoration at the National Memorial Arboretum in ­Staffs.

From 8.30pm to 10pm the commemorations will close with coverage from Horse Guards Parade, London.

Narrated by Joanna Lumley, the event will include readings and musical ­performances by stars including Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville.

bizbit

PRODUCTION has only just resumed on Holby City, but the drama will air its last episode next week as it goes on a ­hiatus.

The BBC1 show has run out of episodes due to filming ending in March as a result of the Covid lockdown.

Nat's pro push

EX-STRICTLY star Natalie Lowe has called for a revolving panel of ex-pros to replace Bruno Tonioli.

The Italian judge may not be able to sit on the panel this year as the pandemic restricts him from flying back and forth from the US to judge Dancing With The Stars.

She said: “I’d like to see an alternating chair between people like Ian Waite, Kevin Clifton, Flavia Cacace, Vincent Simone, Camilla Dallerup, Karen Hardy . . .”

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