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Once the go-to man for feckless losers, Rafe Spall reveals how losing five stone transformed him into a romantic lead in I Give It A Year and turned his career around

Rafe Spall takes me by surprise. I'm expecting a little fella, a bit porky, not much of a looker. And here he is, 6ft 3in, svelte, smart. Over the past few years, Spall has been the go-to man for feckless losers – there's his sports reporter Pete in the TV comedy Pete Versus Life, who will do or say anything to get a girl into bed, the fascist clever-clogs in The Rotters' Club, the drippy Ian in One Day.

But next month Spall will be playing the newly wed Josh in the very funny romcom I Give It A Year. Not only is this his first lead; Spall has reinvented himself as a lean, mean, six-packed machine, a successful novelist, »

- Simon Hattenstone

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