Former Hollyoaks star Davinia Taylor reveals incredible body transformation as she's praised by best mate Jenny Frost

The loo-roll heiress, who played Jude Cunningham in the Channel 4 soap from 1996 until 1998, sits on the same step in both images – but she is unrecognisable in the first snap.

Wearing a white T-shirt and shorts, the star smiles but looks down at the floor.

In the second photo, she wears a bikini and beams with happiness as she reveals her toned arms, legs and a healthy tan.

Davinia, 40, captioned her photos on Instagram: "Was just going through old pictures of the kids when I came across this little gem !!!

"Taken when I was oblivious to the impact food had on my body. Not only fatter but huge water retention and inflammation I had no idea about gut health or how to use my genetics or using weights to sculpt and slim down ….I figured I’d get bigger!!!!!!."

"I thought (decided) I couldn’t run due to one bad cross country experience in fourth year !!!!! Anyway thought I’d share as I love a before and after !! #nofilter #beforeandafter #weighlosstransformation #guthealth #inflammation #waterretention #scruffyknot"

Her close friend and former Atomic Kitten singer Jenny Frost praised Davinia for her incredible efforts.

Calling her pal an inspiration, she said on Instagram: "Before & After.

"She’s completely turned her life around & is always trying out some new fitness thing,healthy pill or potion.I get the Best tips from her.

"I haven’t got her willpower or motivation,yet!!!! but she really does inspire me everyday."

Davinia previously revealed how running helped her beat her demons after battling crippling post-natal depression.

The mum-of-four suffered from the mental health condition before and after her first pregnancy with Grey, now 10.

Davinia was married to David Beckham's pal Dave Gardner at the time, but the couple divorced in 2010 and a custody battle followed, with the judge ruling in his favour.

She ran the London Marathon in May and opened up about her experience with depression on her fundraising page, writing: "As a mother of four boys and someone who has experienced post natal depression I ask you to give what you can afford to Mind.

"Depression literally crippled me silently creeping into my thought process throughout my first pregnancy and beyond."

Taylor's father is multi-millionaire Alan Murphy, the AM Paper toilet roll factory in Skelmersdale, Lancashire.

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