She has gone from a size 8 to a size 16 and back again several times over the past few years as she struggled with her weight.
But Tricia Penrose said her obsession with calorie-counting went out the window as soon as her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer.
The actress, 42, has revealed that after years of battling with her weight, getting the devastating news about her mum Sue Gordon was the wake-up call she needed.
Comfortable in her own skin: Yo-yo dieter Tricia Penrose posed nude as she talked about finally being happy with her curves
And to prove that she is now happy with her curves, the former Heartbeat star looked fabulous as she posed in nothing but high heels and a smile on her face.
Speaking to Closer magazine in an interview to accompany the shoot, she said: 'I no longer care if I’m a bit bigger. I’m learning to love my curves. They’re sexy!'
She added: 'I get more compliments now than I did when I was skinny.'
But she said that her mum's diagnosis finally made her happy with what she has and said: 'When you find out your mum has advanced lung cancer, it puts everything into perspective
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