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EastEnders’ Clair Norris breaks down as she recalls being bullied over her weight

EastEnders' Clair Norris breaks down as she recalls being bullied over her weight 2

EastEnders actress Clair Norris broke down during her BBC documentary about obesity which aired on Thursday night. 

The actress, 24,- who has played student Bernie Taylor in the BBC soap since 2017 – became extremely upset as she discussed being bullied for her weight.

Clair struggled during a conversation about her childhood and being called names at her primary school in Thamesmead, which she revisited on the show.

Emotional: EastEnders actress Clair Norris broke down during her BBC documentary about obesity which aired on Thursday night

Emotional: EastEnders actress Clair Norris broke down during her BBC documentary about obesity which aired on Thursday night

Clair said: ‘This is probably where the name-calling would have happened I don’t say it’s bullying that’s my own personal thing.

‘I don’t remember specific names, I don’t remember it clearly, but I suppose if it happens every day it just kinda blurs into one. My mum will remember more.’

She then sat down with her mother who said she used to brush off mean comments and thought it was normal to be called ‘chubby’.

Her mum recalled: ‘You didn’t even see it as bullying.

Star: The actress, 24,- who has played student Bernie Taylor in the BBC soap since 2017 (pictured) - became extremely upset as she discussed being bullied for her weight

Star: The actress, 24,- who has played student Bernie Taylor in the BBC soap since 2017 (pictured) – became extremely upset as she discussed being bullied for her weight

‘It wasn’t until other people pointed it out, and they were like ‘but they’re calling her this’ and you were like, ‘yeah they call me chubby but that is just their nickname for me’.’

As Clair began to cry, her mother comforted her and added: ‘You never thought that was an issue and you thought it was OK for people to call you names, and you just accepted it.’

Later, Clair spoke about her weight and eating habits, saying that mental health is a part of the journey. 

Hurt: She said: 'I don't remember specific names, I don't remember it clearly, but I suppose if it happens every day it just kinda blurs into one'

Hurt: She said: ‘I don’t remember specific names, I don’t remember it clearly, but I suppose if it happens every day it just kinda blurs into one’

She said: ‘What I’ve discovered is that mental health does play a big part and I don’t think I even realised, it wasn’t me just going home eating food, that wasn’t me just eating it was me getting out my stress and my anger.

‘Eat my feelings, eat my feelings, they’ll go away.’

After the show aired she took to Instagram to thank her fans for watching.

She said: ‘Thank you all for your kind words and support about last nights Panorama Doc.

Tough: Clair struggled during a conversation about her childhood and being called names at her primary school (pictured) in Thamesmead, which she revisited on the show

Tough: Clair struggled during a conversation about her childhood and being called names at her primary school (pictured) in Thamesmead, which she revisited on the show

Obesity: Later, Clair spoke about her weight and eating habits, saying that mental health is a part of the journey (pictured in 2019)

Obesity: Later, Clair spoke about her weight and eating habits, saying that mental health is a part of the journey (pictured in 2019) 

‘I have received so many positive messages and comments that haven’t gone un-missed. What an amazing opportunity to show me and unlock a new skill of reporting, something I’ve never done before but I loved it!

‘For such a complex and sensitive subject as Obesity, we had only just scratched the surface. Thank you again, to everyone involved, on and off screen that helped make this important discussion happen with such a compassionate perspective.

‘That’s NOT a wrap!!! but a conversation that’s only just begun for many people, I hope. For those who missed it, or even ones who want to watch again, catch up now on @bbciplayer.’

Earlier this month Clair told how she had been on a ‘journey’ while filming the documentary over four months and promised she will share experiences she has until now ‘kept to herself’. 

Family support: She then sat down with her mother who said she used to brush off mean comments and thought it was normal to be called 'chubby'

Family support: She then sat down with her mother who said she used to brush off mean comments and thought it was normal to be called ‘chubby’

Sharing a snap of her editing the show she penned in the caption: ‘COMING SOON!!! Over the last 4 months I have been working with BBC Panorama, documenting and reporting on a topic that relates to me and I’m sure a lot of you will have your own opinions.

‘This has been a chance to show ME! No character and no acting. I have been on a journey, meeting new people, going back to my childhood and sharing my own personal experiences which most of the time I have kept to myself.

‘I can’t wait for everyone to see this project but it’s important for me to say…please always be kind. BBC Panorama – Obesity: Who Cares if I’m Bigger?’ 

Many rushed to the comments section to congratulate the star. One fan wrote: ‘I look forward to it.’

New project: Earlier this month Clair told how she had been on a 'journey' while filming the documentary over four months

New project: Earlier this month Clair told how she had been on a ‘journey’ while filming the documentary over four months

Another said: ‘This is amazing, and so are you. Don’t let anyone tell you anything different, everyone has a story to tell and this is yours.’

A third penned: ‘Ur so incredible can’t wait to see it xxx.’  

Over the past year Clair has been involved in a big EastEnders storyline as she became a surrogate mother for Stuart and Rainie Highway.

In October the soap star decided to take a break from the show – to film the documentary – but earlier this week returned to the Square and shocked fans when she went into labour.   

Family support: She then sat down with her mother who said she used to brush off mean comments and thought it was normal to be called 'chubby'

Family support: She then sat down with her mother who said she used to brush off mean comments and thought it was normal to be called ‘chubby’

In July last year, her character Bernie became fixated on losing weight because she thought it would give her a better chance of becoming pregnant for the Highways.

She started taking diet pills to shed the pounds and many scenes highlighted Bernie’s body confidence issues as well.

The soap star revealed that it was her idea to incorporate them into the storyline.

Clair told Digital Spy last year: ‘With the diet pills and the weight loss, I actually went forward with Kate [Oates] and suggested it.

Reaction: After the show aired she took to Instagram to thank her fans for watching and told how it was a 'complex and sensitive subject'

Reaction: After the show aired she took to Instagram to thank her fans for watching and told how it was a ‘complex and sensitive subject’

‘Luckily it kind of just slipped in nicely with the surrogacy storyline. It was great that we could pay out two stories and it kind of linked together.’

Since shooting to fame in 2017, Clair has revealed that she often gets trolled for her weight but last summer wrote a powerful message in response to it.  

Clair said on Instagram: ‘Don’t normally react, but I have seen some really nasty comments on pictures from soap awards regarding my size… I could get upset but when I put it into perspective I just laugh.’

The BBC favourite added: ‘I love my job and I get to do something that I am so passionate about EVERYDAY and with the support from family and friends I am living my best life!!!!’   

Plot: Over the past year Clair (right) has been involved in a big EastEnders storyline as she became a surrogate mother for Stuart and Rainie Highway (left)

Plot: Over the past year Clair (right) has been involved in a big EastEnders storyline as she became a surrogate mother for Stuart and Rainie Highway (left)

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