Coronation Street Anna Windass star’s epic weight-loss transformation and soapy return

Coronation Street star Debbie Rush, who played Anna Windass between 2008 and 2018, has kept a low profile since she left the soap

The Coronation Street Annie Windass star's epic weight-loss transformation and soapy return
The Coronation Street Annie Windass star’s epic weight-loss transformation and soapy return

Coronation Street star Debbie Rush quickly became a fan favorite after first appearing on the soap opera in 2008.

The actress, who played Anna Windass until 2018, has had many dramatic storylines throughout her long streak on the show.

Not only did she have a difficult relationship with her longtime partner Eddie Windass (played by Steve Huison), she also had many feuds.

She also adopted Faye Butler (played by Ellie Leach) but things turned sour when Faye claimed she abused her.

A lot has happened in her ten years on the soap and fans are still missing Debbie on the cobbles.

She left the show in 2018 after being framed by Pat Phelan (played by Conor McIntyre) and later killing the killer.

The star first appeared on the soap opera in 2008



She has also previously spoken out about her exit from Coronation Street, admitting it came at the right time.

Speaking to WhatsOnTV, she said: “I had the best time on Coronation Street. But I moved on because I wanted to do other things.

“I love having the freedom to choose because when you’re on a long-running soap opera you feel hooked and you can’t help yourself!”

Though Debbie once said she “don’t think” she’ll return as Anna, she did say, “Never say never.”

Since her time on the show, the star has kept her personal life out of the spotlight.

The actress even made a lifestyle change, dropping four dress sizes in just four months.

She dropped four dress sizes


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She even released a DVD


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Debbie went from a size 16 to a size 8.

A decade ago, she told the Mirror: “I turned 40 and started turning into a frumpy mum. I felt like an alien.

“I didn’t have a weight problem when I was younger, even after having my kids ā€” but in the last four years it’s started to creep up.”

She revealed she felt insecure after seeing a paparazzi picture of her in a black bra and black pants.

Debbie had switched her alcohol consumption – previously a few pints of beer in one evening – to lighter options.

She said “never say never” about returning to the soap



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She even released her own fitness DVD in 2010 after her weight loss.

It’s called Debbie Rush’s Bulge Buster Workout and featured the paparazzi snap of her in her black bra on the front page.

“I want to share my workout secrets and show other real women like me how to flash away their bulges,” she said of her workout DVD.

When it comes to social media, Debbie has kept it low key. She hasn’t posted since 2019.

Some fans believe Debbie may return to Corrie after being mentioned in an episode in early March 2022.

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