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Loose Women dress up and pay tribute to Madonna to celebrate her 60th birthday


How do you mark Madonna turning the big 6-0? By dressing up as her of course!

Linda Robson wowed in a pointy corset like the Jean-Paul Gaultier cone bra from Madge's Blonde Ambition tour in the 1990s.

Coleen Nolan recreated her Music video look as a cool cowgirl, Kaye Adams was Like A Virgin in all white and Chizzy Akudolu dazzled in pink as the Material Girl.

Watch the videos to see the costumes in all their glory!

Chizzy Akudolu returns to Holby City: 'It feels like home'. Plus, Rosie Marcel talks about her nervous breakdown


Our Chizzy had an exciting announcement to make - she's returning to Holby City.

'I’m back on Holby. It’s only for two months though,' Chizzy revealed. 'I love the show. Going back was so, oh my gosh, like coming home, like putting on your duvet, you just know you are home. But I know that I have to do other stuff. We are nomads actors. I’m really honoured to go back in.'

Chizzy's Holby co-star Rosie Marcel also joined us on the show today and said: 'It’s lovely [to have her back]. She’s just an amazing personality. She brings so much life to the set and it’s very dull without her. When she left I was actually really heartbroken because we have such a lovely friendship and such a great friendship on screen as well. We really cried. We couldn’t do that last speech at all.'

Rosie also spoke about the importance of talking about mental health and opened up about experiencing a nervous breakdown.

Watch the videos to see Chizzy's announcement and Rosie's full interview.

A Brookside reunion with soap legends Claire Sweeney, Louis Emerick, Michael Starke and Sue Jenkins!


We all miss Brookside so as part of Loose Women's Soap Week we reunited four of the cast from the show.

The Liverpool based soap ran from 1982 to 2003 and we were joined by four iconic characters from the close: Claire Sweeney who played Lindsey Corkhill, Louis Emerick who played Mick Johnson, Michael Starke who played Thomas 'Sinbad' Sweeney and finally Sue Jenkins who played Jackie Corkhill!

Watch the video to see the full reunion on the show!

Brookside legends Claire Sweeney who played Lindsey Corkhill, Louis Emerick who played Mick Johnson, Michael Starke who played Thomas 'Sinbad' Sweeney and finally Sue Jenkins who played Jackie Corkhill!

Gail Porter on alopecia and her new wig: 'I gasped when I saw it! I love being bald. I’ll always be bald half the week'

Gail Porter's new look


We've followed Gail's alopecia battle for years and she joined us to how us her new look after investing in a wig - 15 years after losing all her hair.

Understandably emotional, Gail explained, 'I said, "I’m definitely not going to cry because I’ve got good make-up on!" It feels really nice, but really weird. I keep wanting to do this [flicks hair] all the time. I gasped when I saw it! It reminds me of being young. I feel quite young today.'

Gail had previously said she might go for a pink or blue wig but decided on a blonde shade.

'I wasn’t really entirely sure, I was thinking maybe pink, maybe something different. When I saw this colour it reminded me of being in the ‘90s and I thought, I quite like that. It was fitted for me,' she said.

'I was going to wear it in plaits, I wasn’t sure. I don’t know what to do. This is the first time I’ve had it on. I can take it off and be bald. I love being bald, I’m so used to it. But I wanted to show other people you can get things as real as this,' Gail added.

'I think I’ll always be bald half the week. I don’t know when I’ll wear this. Maybe go out for dinner or something,' Gail said. 'I enjoy feeling bald, I understand what you’re saying, I want people to be aware you have a choice. It’s beginning to feel normal now. It’s so secure on my head, it’s been fitted for me.'

And daughter Honey loved her mum's new look. 'She sent me a message saying, "You look lovely". Honey likes me whatever. She’s used to me bald. It’d take her a wee while to get used to this,' Gail said.

What the video to see the full chat with Gail.

Gail Porter on Loose Women in 2011

Ed Balls has makeup contouring makeover and talks Strictly Come Dancing!


We've had Ed Balls dancing on the show and being a Loose Man. Now he's trialling the latest makeup trend for us too: contouring for men!

Ed also talked about about Strictly Come Dancing and whether contestants with dance experience should have a handicap.

'If you have a handicap there’ll be massive debates about it. But what drives people up the wall most is when the public don’t vote for the best dancer, they vote for the one getting better and enjoying it. The public are in charge on this show and that’s great,' he said.

'We got through because we were entertaining and improved and the public voted for us. Nobody could say ‘the handicap meant he had an unfair advantage’. It was just an open competition. I never was going to win, of course, because I wasn’t the best dancer, but we stayed in because people voted for us.'

Watch the video to see the result of his make up contouring!