EastEnders’ Natalie Cassidy regrets her £100,000 weight loss DVD


Actress Natalie Cassidy lost four pounds in four months but put it back on in just eight weeks.

Natalie Cassidy has spoken about a weight loss DVD she made in 2007. The soap actress was paid a massive £100,000 to film the workout regimen, which claimed contestants could lose two and a half stone if they complete the regime.


Natalie is known for playing Sonia Fowler at EastEnders, which she started in 1993.

She spoke about the DVD entitledNatalie Cassidy’s Then and Now” on the Grace Dent Podcast.


Natalie said: “I was very overweight and they came up to me and said listen, we’ll give you £100,000, we’ll get you really fit and you’re going to lose four stones.

Natalie has said she regrets making the weight loss DVD.

“I was like happy days, let’s do it. I just thought that’s a lot of money; but it wasn’t the right thing.


“It wasn’t that — you lose a lot of weight over a three or four month period, 12 or 16 weeks, low calories and exercise every day.

“I got there and as soon as that DVD came out, I ate for England. I put all the weight back on in eight weeks.”


Natalie released another fitness DVD titled The perfect ten In 2013.

Natalie Cassidy

Natalie Cassidy attends the British Soap Awards 2018 at Hackney Empire on June 2, 2018

Natalie is best known for her role as Sonia Fowler on the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders.

She began the role in 1993 and was a continuous character until 2006, when she went on hiatus.


Natalie returned to the show in 2010 for a few guest appearances and returned permanently in 2014.

  • Natalie Ann Cassidy was born on May 13, 1983 in Islington, London
  • As well as her famous role in EastEnders she has appeared in Psychoville, The Wright Stuff and Five
  • She even had her own TV show called Natalie Cassidy: becoming a mom in 2010
  • In 2012, Natalie competed in Celebrity Big Brother, but she didn’t last long in the competition as she was evicted in fifth place
  • Natalie was a contestant on Be sure to come dance In 2009 – her partner was Vincent Simone – she was fifth
  • Her latest acting performance is from the BBC comedy show Mandy which came out in 2020

Natalie spoke to The mirror about her experience as a child actress: “At 10 I didn’t really know.


“I walked in and knew it was a show on TV.

“It was just a nice place to come home from school. I used to come along and talk to everyone.”



James Bye attends the British Soap Awards 2018 at Hackney Empire on June 2, 2018

James Bye played Martin Fowler at Eastenders from 2014.


Martin was Sonia’s husband on the show – the duo had a difficult relationship that led to their divorce.

James is a 38 year old actor from Basingstoke.

Actress June Brown poses backstage during the ‘Inside Soap Awards Party’ at La Rascasse

In Eastenders, June played the legendary role of Dot Branning – Sonia’s step-grandmother.

The couple had a warm and loving on-screen relationship.


Unfortunately, June passed away on April 3, 2022.

Actress Lindsey Coulson attends the world premiere of Funny Cow during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 9, 2017

Lindsey played Carol Jackson in Eastenders – Sonia’s Mother.


Her most prominent story on the show revolved around breast cancer.

Natalie Cassidy (L) and Adam Cottrell attend the UK film premiere of The Karate Kid at the Odeon Leicester Square July 15

She dated Adam Cottrell between 2009 and 2013.


He was then a transport manager from Bristol.

The couple have a daughter together and got engaged but decided to split.


Natalie has been with Marc since 2014 – they announced their engagement in 2016.

The duo had a daughter in August 2016.


Marc is a cameraman and is not often in the spotlight.