Shrinkabell! Woman loses whopping 8 stone to play Peter Pan’s fairy friend
A 22 stone woman was shamed into losing eight stone after fearing she was too fat to tread the boards in her dream panto role as Tinkerbell.
Kate Gilbert, 34, from Solihull, Warks, banished her belly so she could slip into floaty dresses and wings after fearing that her hefty frame would her from being cast as Peter Pan’s fairy friend.
And now the impish am-dram star is set to amaze audiences after shrinking down to an impressive size 12.
Events manager Kate said: “I knew that it might be a struggle to convince directors that I was fitting to be cast as fairy when I was stomping around on the stage.
“Now I’ve never felt or looked better and I’m a much better fit for the Tinkerbell costume!”
For years, Kate had been consigned to roles for women many years her senior.
Her extra pounds meant she couldn’t pass for characters her own age and she ended up masquerading as the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the Red Queen in Alice and Wonderland.
Desperate to prove that she had the looks as well as the voice to match the character, Kate began an impressive diet by almost completely cutting out carbs.
She went from scoffing multi-packs of sweets and crisps every day to not touching carbs and avoiding sugary snacks.
Kate also returned to horse riding and now spends hours every week mucking out, riding, and tending for horses at her local stables.
Kate said: “I used to struggle to fit into public toilets and fitting rooms in shops – it was so embarrassing.
“If someone had parked too close to me in a car park I risked getting stuck and found myself climbing in over the passenger side.
“I knew I had to take action especially because there were some roles that I hadn’t got because of my size.
“Despite my weight I was getting strong roles and my singing voice is strong but when I was lot heavier I looked a lot older so I ended up playing women who are meant to be twice my age.
“I can dance without being out of breath and run around the stage without worrying about putting my foot through a board.
“I look back and think, ‘how can I have let myself get that way?”