Jill Halfpenny, 43, reveals the diet and exercise tips that keep her looking young

Jill Halfpenny has shared the daily lifestyle tips that keep her feeling fit and healthy.

The former EastEnders star, 43, who is mother to 10-year-old son Harvey, joked that she ‘didn’t want to be that old lady that breaks a hip when she falls over’, as she revealed her diet and exercise regime.

Sharing an insight into her busy day-to-day life, the British TV star Jill revealed she gets up at 6am before getting her son ready for school and embarking on a yoga or spinning class before treating herself to protein and vegetable-heavy meals.

The actress, who rose to fame in Byker Grove at the tender age of 14, admitted almost three decades in the industry has taught her not to take rejection personally, adding that it can make you ‘bitter and anxious’ otherwise’.

Jill Halfpenny, 43, has shared the daily lifestyle tips that keep her feeling fit and healthy- including yoga, spinning and healthy meals

Jill Halfpenny, 43, has shared the daily lifestyle tips that keep her feeling fit and healthy- including yoga, spinning and healthy meals

Speaking to The Sun, Jill admitted that her body wouldn’t ‘feel like hers if she didn’t exercise, explaining: ‘If I’m not working, I’ll go to an hour-long class at 9.30am – anything from conditioning or spin to barre or yoga. The body needs to be kept flexible. 

‘Afterwards I eat breakfast. I might have yoghurt with fruit and honey or toast with scrambled egg, or I might wander to my local cafe and get pancakes.’

Jill explained that she would then practice her lines for any auditions before snacking on chia pudding or cheese on toast, and then collecting Harvey from school.

Admitting that she hates food shopping and would love to be able to afford a chef, she revealed she has signed up to a service which sends fresh ingredients and recipes to her door. 

The former Eastenders star,  who is mother to 10-year-old son Harvey, joked that she 'didn't want to be that old lady that breaks a hip when she falls over', as she revealed her regime

The former Eastenders star, who is mother to 10-year-old son Harvey, joked that she ‘didn’t want to be that old lady that breaks a hip when she falls over’, as she revealed her regime

Describing her most recent dinner, Jill proudly revealed she had made chicken with harissa, barley, coriander, cherry tomatoes and green beans with figs. 

Jill Halfpenny’s diet

Breakfast: Yoghurt with fruit and honey; toast with scrambled egg or pancakes

Lunch: Chia pudding or cheese on toast

Dinner:  Chicken with harissa, barley, coriander, cherry tomatoes and green beans with figs

And talking of being rejected for auditions, she added: ‘It takes a strong person to put themselves through that. If you don’t gain perspective, you can become bitter or anxious.’

Jill is mother to 10-year-old son Harvey with her ex husband and actor Craig Conway, who she was married to from 2007 to 2010.

The actress split from Craig in 2010 and has been open about the difficulties of the marriage and break-up, revealing she drew on her personal experiences when playing the part of disenchanted housewife Beverly Moss in Mike Leigh’s classic play Abigail’s Party in 2012.

‘Marriage break-up is devastating, especially when there’s a child involved,’ said Jill, whose son, Harvey, with Craig was three when they broke up. 

Jill, who has an active lifestyle, has hardly aged since this picture was taken in 2004 as she performed in Strictly Come Dancing alongside dance partner Darren Bennet

Jill, who has an active lifestyle, has hardly aged since this picture was taken in 2004 as she performed in Strictly Come Dancing alongside dance partner Darren Bennet

Jill found fame alongside Ant and Dec in the BBC kids’ drama Byker Grove.

She then went onto play Rebecca Hopkins in Coronation Street before following it up with the role of Kate Mitchell in rival soap EastEnders.

After her soap roles, she found success in Strictly Come Dancing in 2004, partnered with professional dancer Darren Bennett, which led to a stint as Roxie Hart in the West End production of the musical Chicago.

She went on to win an Olivier Award for her performance in Legally Blonde at The Savoy Theatre, and starred in British comedy series Babylon.

As well as acting, Jill now also appears on ITV daytime show Loose Women, discussing her experiences of motherhood and other current affairs. 

Jill found fame alongside Ant and Dec in the BBC kids¿ drama Byker Grove before going on to star as Kate in Eastenders (seen in 2003)

Jill found fame alongside Ant and Dec in the BBC kids’ drama Byker Grove before going on to star as Kate in Eastenders (seen in 2003)

 

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