The Chase star Mark 'The Beast' Labbett shows off incredible lockdown weight loss

29 July 2020, 10:48

Mark Labbett showed of his weight loss to his Twitter followers (right). Pictured in 2017, left.
Mark Labbett showed of his weight loss to his Twitter followers (right). Pictured in 2017, left. Picture: Getty/Twitter/Mark Labbett

Mark Labbett has given fans a glimpse at his new look.

ITV The Chase star shared a photo on his social media to show off his new lockdown weight loss.

Mark Labbett, 54, nicknamed 'The Beast' on the popular show because his surname sounds like la bête in French, which means "the beast".

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The TV star from Herefordshire lost some weight in 2019 after splitting with his wife, and has now lost more weight in lockdown.

Taking to his Twitter page, The Beast posted a photo of himself standing in front of a mirror and holding out the waistline of his trousers to showcase his weight loss.

Captioning the picture, he wrote: "Lost a bit of waistline, still a long way to go :) #skinnybeast #doubletwoshirts"

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The star was immediately praised by his followers, with the post garnering over 5,000 likes and encouraging comments from his fans.

Danielle Axford said: "You are doing so well Mark. When I first started my weight loss journey I was 19 stone 7 lbs. Just over 3 years I am now 12 stone 9lbs. Still a few stone to lose to get to my goal weight but it will happen. Keep up the good work".

Another called James said: "Great stuff - I’m on a post lockdown purge. Keep it up, you are doing great."

Mark Labbett and his wife Katie pictured in 2017
Mark Labbett and his wife Katie pictured in 2017. Picture: Getty

The weight loss comes a year after Mark lost a considerable amount of weight when the marriage to his wife Katie ended in 2019.

Mark posed for photos at a pub quiz event (below) and speaking about his weight loss at the time, he tweeted: "#thechase lost four inches off my chest and six inches off my belly in last six months. So they have bought me a new suit for the show. First target achieved (sic)".

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The 54-year-old had spoken of how he and his 26-year-old wife Katie, who is also his second cousin, were trying to patch things up following their break-up.

Speaking about their split, Katie told The Sun on Sunday: “Mark and I had been talking about separating for some time — we have been drifting for a while.

Mark Labbett shows off his weight loss in 2019
Mark Labbett shows off his weight loss in 2019. Picture: Evening Gazette

“He works away a lot and that’s been hard. A lot of people think it’s the age difference but we don’t see that as the factor.

“It’s more that we don’t have mutual friends, and our lives are just very different."

Soon after separating, the couple reconciled and it is believed they are still together.

Before becoming a household name on The Chase, Mark studied maths at Oxford University and appeared on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in 2006, winning £32,000.

Mark also appeared on Mastermind in 1999 and 2000 and has since been a chaser on the U.S. and Australian versions of The Chase.

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