By Daily Mail Reporter
Changing shape: Coronation Street actress Debbie Rush shows how she dropped four dress sizes in her new fitness DVD
She's known on Coronation Street for playing dowdy cafe worker Anna Windass.
But in real-life, actress Debbie Rush is now cutting an impressive size 8 figure after dropping four dress sizes.
And, as expected these days after a celebrity loses a significant amount of weight, the 44-year-old is revealing her slimming secrets in a fitness DVD.
The soap star releases her fitness DVD, entitled Debbie Rush's Bulge Buster Workout, nationwide today.
The 5ft 2 actress's weight had crept up to 11 stone and a size 16, but after seeing paparazzi photographs of herself in a bra and skirt at a department store over the summer, she was prompted to act.
After enlisting the help of ex-rugby star Andy Titterall, Rush shifted two stone through a combination of circuit exercises and overhauling her diet.
Rush explained: 'After seeing some awful photos of my bulging and bloated figure I knew I’d really let myself go, I was so ashamed of my belly. I was in tears. It was so big I couldn’t see my feet and being short in height I was turning into a little barrel!
Transformation: A slimline Rush at the Inside Soap Awards in late September (left) and looking heavier in January (right)
'I knew I had to do something about it. Once I put my mind to changing the way I looked and found a routine I could do at home which I loved, it was surprisingly easy to get my figure back.
'Now I want to share my exercise secrets and show other real women just like me how to blitz away their body bulge.
'This workout can help you wear the clothes you really want, with results that last.'
Rush first showed off the results of her weight loss at the Inside Soap Awards in September, when she was a size 10, but revealed she was planning to drop another dress sizes in time for the Corrie 50th anniversary celebrations and live episode in December.
And as the DVD cover shows, she managed to achieve her size 8 goal in time for its release.
In an interview with Closer magazine in October, she blamed the temptations of the stodgy food on offer at the Corrie canteen on her weight gain.
She said: 'I used to have no breakfast, a massive lunch at the Corrie canteen - like chips with curry sauce and a dessert - and something similar for dinner. Then I’d sit in front of the TV and have chocolate or popcorn.'
Her DVD will do battle in the fitness charts with Kerry Katona, Clare Nasir, Chantelle Houghton, Davina McCall and Nadia Sawalha's fitness DVDs this new year.
Rush joined the cast of Coronation Street in November 2008 playing dowdy Anna
Windass, the long-suffering wife of mischevious husband Eddie Windass.
Her character Anna is set for a rocky 2011, with her marriage to Eddie seen to breakdown after the actor Steve Husion is to be written out of the ITV soap.
Rush lives in Manchester with husband Andrew and their three children Tom, 20; Poppy, 19; and William, 16.
• Debbie Rush's Bulge Buster Workout DVD goes on sale nationwide today. RRP £19.99.