Ben Hardy: I used to be chubby
'EastEnders' star Ben Hardy says he used to be chubby in his younger days before becoming a burly hunk
'EastEnders' hunk Ben Hardy used to be a "bit chubbier".
The actor - who plays Peter Beale in the soap - hits the gym up to six times a week to keep himself in shape and admits that getting rid of his "body fat" was difficult.
He said: "I was a bit bigger actually. Yeah, I was a bit chubbier as well. So that was the thing, getting rid of the body fat, that was [hard]."
Talking about his gym routine, he added: "I go through phases, sometimes I go six times a week sometimes four.
"I do lots of weights and I do lots of cardio. I used to play rugby when I was younger and I do think what you do when you're younger affects you when you're older. I feel like now I've got some muscle, that's probably just laid there, embedded in my genetics, from doing rugby and I find it harder to stay trim than I do to put on muscle."
Ben insists his former co-star David Witts (Joey Branning ) has the best body out of the cast.
He added: "He was ripped but he was bulky as well."