Wendi Peters

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Health -

AC­TRESS Wendi Peters, who starred as the in­fa­mous Cilla Bat­tersby-Brown in ITV1’s Coro­na­tion Street, de­scribes how she’s fi­nally beaten the ‘snack’ habit that kept de­rail­ing her healthy-eat­ing pro­gramme.

Wendi says: “But my down­fall is a ten­dency to put on un­nec­es­sary ex­tra pounds by pick­ing at snacks, par­tic­u­larly if I’m bored or away from home work­ing and it’s not easy to find healthy food.

“I’m a great one for think­ing ‘I’ll have a cup of tea, now what can I have with that...’”

She’s cur­rently ap­pear­ing in London the­atre pro­duc­tion Grumpy Old Women Live 2, and finds a Bach emo­tional eat­ing kit, us­ing flower essences, ef­fec­tive in curb­ing her crav­ings for sweet snacks.

“I’m healthy and happy with my weight so I never weigh my­self. My clothes tell me if I need to cut back! And at a size 14-16, I rep­re­sent the av­er­age size of a woman in Bri­tain.”

A keen cook, she was a fi­nal­ist on BBC’s Celebrity Masterchef last year. She says: “I adore cook­ing and par­tic­u­larly bak­ing. It gives me real plea­sure to cook for peo­ple, all I have to guard against is tast­ing the recipes too much as I go along!”

Wendi, 42, has been mar­ried to Kenny Lin­den for 16 years. They met in 1988 when they were both ap­pear­ing on stage in the mu­si­cal Hello Dolly.

She un­der­went seven IVF treat­ments be­fore she had her daugh­ter Gra­cie.

“Gra­cie’s nine now, and it’s amaz­ing how quickly you for­get all the heartache. IVF is hard on your body, your mind and your re­la­tion­ship, but that’s a long time ago and we feel so blessed to have our daugh­ter,” she says.

Wendi grew up in Black­burn, Lan­cashire, but now lives in Hert­ford­shire. Her hus­band is now a sports ther­a­pist who works from home and cares for their daugh­ter when Wendi is away work­ing.

“I don’t like to be away from them for too long though. That was the rea­son I left the Street. Be­cause it’s filmed in Manch­ester it meant be­ing away from home a lot.”

Wendi, who never drinks al­co­hol and gave up smok­ing 14 years ago, says: “I am quite a sen­si­ble, level-headed sort of per­son and very ac­tive. I walk our two dogs ev­ery day and go to the gym reg­u­larly, but what I re­ally en­joy is swim­ming five morn­ings a week. That helps me keep my mood sta­ble.

“If I ever feel a bit grumpy it’s usu­ally be­cause I haven’t been to the pool be­cause of work. Thrash­ing through the wa­ter - I do about 60 lengths in half an hour - is a great way to re­lease ten­sion, and think through any lit­tle is­sues.”

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