Emmerdale newcomer Gemma Atkinson: "Life's too short not to eat cake!"

Published Wednesday, Mar 11 2015, 11:39 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Emmerdale newcomer Gemma Atkinson has revealed her secret fitness weapon behind that oh-so-fabulous figure of hers... her boyfriend!

Earlier today, Gemma was spotted looking gorgeous in head-to-toe black outside the ITV studios, flaunting her svelte bod in tailored trousers and a cropped roll-neck top.

Looking totally gorgeous, it seems the actress has her other half and personal trainer Olly Foster to thank for getting her into shape. She told Lorraine Kelly: "My fella is my trainer, so I have no excuse!"

Gemma Atkinson outside ITV studios, Southbank, London
11 March

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Gemma Atkinson outside ITV studios, Southbank, London
11 March

© WENN / Rocky

While some girls may hate the thought of working up a sweat in front of their beau in the gym, Gemma insisted she and Olly are a case of 'a couple that train together, stay together'.

"[Olly is] brilliant," she said. "He's great and he's not too hard on me. We're on the same page."

Quite the fitness fanatic herself, Gemma revealed why she enjoys exercising regularly.

She added: "[Working out] is more for mental benefits for me, it makes me feel good. If you've got a day in the studio, you need to eat well and get a workout in in the morning to get you through. Weekends you can treat yourself though, life's too short not to eat cake."

Glad to hear it!

Gemma Atkinson appears on Lorraine, ITV, London
11 March


As well as talking all things fitness during her appearance on Lorraine, Gemma - who has recently joined the cast of Emmedale - also opened up about her time so far on the soap.

"It's been brilliant," she said. "It's been really, really good. Within an hour I felt so comfortable with the cast, the crew... everyone is so lovely."

Former Hollyoaks star Gemma announced she was set to appear on Emmedale earlier this year. The starlet will play the character of Carly Hope - the estranged daughter of Bob Hope, played by Tony Audenshaw.

Referring to her new role, Gemma admitted it has been nice finally getting to play a character that isn't "really nice" or "sweet".

"Carly the character, she says and does things you wouldn't dream of," she explained. "She says the things you wish you could say or have the guts to say.

"She's very complex... I don't think the audience will like her at first!"

Sounds like she is definitely bound to stir things up!

Gemma makes her Emmerdale debut tonight at 7pm on ITV.

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