work on herself and her fitness – partly triggered by Strictly. Chizzy,
in the first round.
show. It was a massive confidence boost that they chose me and it felt
like, ‘Ooh, I’m playing with the big boys now’. I was having an amazing
knee before the first live show and ended up on crutches. I had to have
my knee strapped while I danced. That didn’t help.”
“I made a resolution though, while on the show, to really work on my
fitness when I came out. Feeling out of breath when I danced made me
realise how much I need to change, otherwise the older I get, the harder
it will become. I used to do karate and workout, but I’ve let it all
She feels empathy for others trying to lose weight. “I lost half a stone
on Strictly, but I’ve put it back on. It’s such a vicious circle when
you’re overweight, because it’s so hard to lose it. You just think,
‘What’s the point?’ and end up eating the wrong stuff – for me, it’s
takeaways and crisps.
“Then you feel bad for letting yourself down, which hits your
self-esteem and you eat more to cheer yourself up! I don’t even want to
get slim, I’d just like a powerful body, like tennis player Serena
The insecure life of an actor, she says, can play a part in triggering
stress and undermining her dieting efforts, but despite that, she rules
out a permanent return to Holby City.
“I miss it and, every now and again, think I’d like to go back for one
or two episodes – but going back full-time isn’t right for me now. It
would be the safe thing to do, but I need to take a few risks to further
Prior to joining Holby City in May 2012, Chizzy starred on both screen
and stage, with notable appearances in EastEnders, Green Wing, The
Inbetweeners and a semi-regular role on Channel 4’s Campus.
Recently, it was revealed that Chizzy, who’s currently single, was
married to Henry Anang, a computer engineer who alleged she’d put her
career before their marriage, leading to their break up in 2000.
“I was shocked he talked about me and, to be honest, I don’t want to
give him any more air time. That was something in the past,” says
Chizzy. ” I don’t think my career has stopped me from being with
somebody – I just haven’t met the right person. I have a brilliant life
and I want to continue to be happy and spread joy. I’d like to adopt a
child at some point. I’ve got projects I’m looking forward to and think
the future will be exciting.”