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Slimmed-down 'EastEnders' star Hannah Waterman splits from husband Ricky Groves

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The couple blamed conflicting work schedules for the end of their three-year marriage
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Friends say Hannah has enjoyed renewed confidence after shedding three stone and gaining a trim new figure for her fitness DVD 

05 JANUARY 2010

It's all over for EastEnders couple Hannah Waterman and Ricky Groves, who have called time on their three-year marriage.

The pair, who got engaged in 2005 while they were both working on the BBC soap, blamed conflicting work schedules for the break up.

A representative said: "Ricky Groves and Hannah Waterman have announced today that after much consideration they have decided to formally separate."

"Both their careers have been hugely successful, but for most of last year their work has kept them apart."

Hannah added: "We would like to remain friends with respect for each other."

Friends say the 34-year-old actress has a new surge of confidence after losing three stone over five months on a strict diet and exercise regime.

She has recently been showing off her trim new figure stripping off in the West End show Calendar Girls.

Ricky also shed two stone, dropping to 13st, during his recent stint in Strictly Come Dancing.

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