Long hours working as DC Terry Perkins in The Bill left him filling up in the staff canteen until, at 5' 7", he reached 15st 12lb – and became morbidly obese.
"Those words are pretty depressing," he admits in Fat Bloke Slims - Michael Joseph, £6.99 - the book that chronicles his endeavours to shift the weight and become fit and healthy once more, having lost his beloved father-in-law - he's married to Dr Tanya Byron of The House Of Tiny Tearaways - to a fatal heart attack.
"Most of the time I feel like c***," he continues. "Perhaps it's because I do virtually no exercise and love to eat and drink.
"I'm puffed out going up the stairs, I sweat profusely during meals and I'm constantly tired. How the hell did I get here?" Bruce asks.
"As I stand there, looking in the mirror, I realise that the game is up. It's time to change. Today is the day I stop making excuses."
Bruce's book describes how he finally became motivated, started exercising and shifting the weight. He researches fad diets and exercise plans, the work of the British Heart Foundation and establishes exactly what will work for him – and many other men in the same position.
As he says, "According to my friends at the British Heart Foundation, heart disease kills one in five males. It is responsible for 32 per cent of premature deaths in males. Someone in the UK has a heart attack every two minutes. That could be me…"