Former EastEnders star Letitia Dean has revealed that she’s lost two stone and gained a boyfriend who is 17 years her junior.

Speaking to Closer magazine, the 5ft 3 actress said: “I feel so much sexier now with my new, more streamlined body, I’ve still got curves though!”

Letitia, 40, shed the weight on Strictly Come Dancing last year and has maintained it through a combination of a healthy diet and exercise. She explained: “I went from a size 14 to a size 10 and I’ve never looked back. I started going to the gym for the first time last year and now I’ve grown to love it.”

“I lost the weight the good old-fashioned way, through dancing and exercise – I didn’t starve myself or resort to some crazy fad diet. It’s paid off and stayed off for the long-term. I’m thrilled.”

Letitia split from husband Jason Pethers after five years together last year and is now dating Bowen Perrin, who is 17 years her junior. The couple met when they starred in panto together earlier this year. She told Closer: “I’m keeping my cards firmly to my chest because I don’t want to spoil anything.”

A pal says: “Tish and Bo are in a serious relationship. There may be an age gap, but as Tish knows, you’re only as old as you feel.”