Kara Tointon, 40, admits ‘motherhood hits you like a punchbag’ but is ’embracing’ ageing and insists she’s ‘not terrified’ to get older

Kara Tointon has opened up about getting older, insisting she ’embraces age’ and sees it as attractive rather than ‘scary’.

The actress, 40, said becoming a mum meant she had less time to spend maintaining her youthful appearance, but said it was ‘very grounding’ as ‘you only have one focus’ .

The former EastEnders star is the mother of two sons, Frey, five, and Helly, three, with her ex-fiancé Marius Jensen.

Talk to The sun on Sunday, she said: ‘I don’t think I look young, I’m aging like the rest of us. Motherhood hits you like a punching bag, so there’s no beauty regime right now.

‘But it was such a wonderful dose of reality. It’s very thorough, motherhood, I can tell you that. Everything goes out the window and you only have one focus.’

Kara Tointon has opened up about getting older, insisting she 'embraces age' and sees it as attractive rather than 'scary' (pictured last month)

Kara Tointon has opened up about getting older, insisting she ’embraces age’ and sees it as attractive rather than ‘scary’ (pictured last month)

The actress, 40, said becoming a mum meant she had less time to spend maintaining her youthful appearance, but said it was 'very grounding' as 'you only have one focus' (photo with her sons)

The actress, 40, said becoming a mum meant she had less time to spend maintaining her youthful appearance, but said it was ‘very grounding’ as ‘you only have one focus’ (photo with her sons)

The former EastEnders star is mum to two sons, Frey, five, and Helly, three, with ex-fiancé Marius Jensen

The former EastEnders star is mum to two sons, Frey, five, and Helly, three, with ex-fiancé Marius Jensen

Kara added that another benefit of getting older is that she’s been given more ‘stimulating’ roles to play, transitioning from playing children and teenagers to mothers, which she’s more able to relate to.

She explained: ‘I’ve been doing this since I was very young. You’re the child, then you’re the b****y teenager, then you get the phase where you’re neither here nor there. It’s great when you get to the age when there’s more out there.

‘There’s more material, it’s very nice. We’re also entering a period when the range is so big, but I’m enjoying all these mother roles that are coming in. Being a mother myself, I can really relate.’

The former Strictly Come Dancing champion also said she thinks things are better for women now, and that there is less pressure to keep looking young, while she herself ‘enjoys’ ageing.

She said: ‘We’re in such changing times – it’s a good time for women in general. It’s like age is becoming less of a thing. I’m really enjoying getting older and I’m at a stage in my life when I feel good in my own skin.

“I’m embracing age, and I’m excited about it. I think age is attractive. It’s very personal. Some people are afraid of it, but I’m just lucky I’m not afraid of it.’

Kara is returning to TV screens this month, after working mainly in theater for the past few years, playing her first leading role in Too Good To Be True.

She plays a single mother named Rachel, who works as a cleaner to support her 11-year-old son Liam.

Kara added that another benefit of getting older is that she's been given more 'stimulating' roles to play, moving from playing children and teenagers to mothers, which she's more able to relate to (pictured in October)

Kara added that another benefit of getting older is that she’s been given more ‘stimulating’ roles to play, moving from playing children and teenagers to mothers, which she’s more able to relate to (pictured in October)

The former Strictly Come Dancing champion also said she thinks things are better for women now, and that there is less pressure to keep looking young, while she herself 'enjoys' aging (pictured in 2022)

The former Strictly Come Dancing champion also said she thinks things are better for women now, and that there is less pressure to keep looking young, while she herself ‘enjoys’ aging (pictured in 2022)

She soon meets a wealthy businessman, Elliot, played by Allen Leech, who offers her more money to clean exclusively for him, before a dark turn reveals that this is not all.

Speaking to the USA Online Post’s Weekend magazine last month, Kara explained that she had opted for theater for the past eight years because she preferred the roles, but had dipped her toes back into filming because she loved the character of Rachel.

She said: ‘In the past I tended to prefer theater because I felt the roles I was getting were more gritty.

“But with Too Good To Be True, I was able to really get on board with Rachel and immerse myself in it.”

However, two weeks before filming wrapped on the four-part Channel 5 series, Kara injured herself in a fight scene.

She explained: ‘I tore my anterior cruciate ligament. It was after a morning of running around. All I did was put my leg on the ground and my knee just buckled.’

She was forced to spend the rest of filming with her leg in a cast, and camera angles had to be changed to hide it, with a body double used for some scenes.

She admitted: ‘It was a few months before I could really move my leg again’.

Kara returns to TV screens this month, after working mainly in theater for the past few years, taking on her first lead role in Too Good To Be True

Kara returns to TV screens this month, after working mainly in theater for the past few years, taking on her first lead role in Too Good To Be True

She plays a single mother named Rachel (pictured), who works as a cleaner to support her 11-year-old son Liam, before becoming entangled in a controlling situation with her new boss.

She plays a single mother named Rachel (pictured), who works as a cleaner to support her 11-year-old son Liam, before becoming entangled in a controlling situation with her new boss.

It comes after Kara split from ex-fiancé Marius in 2022, who was later seen kissing an unidentified woman outside a London club.

Their split was reported in October 2022, but sources said the couple secretly separated ten months earlier.

A source told The sun at the time: ‘Kara and Marius quietly broke up about 10 months ago. There was no wrongdoing on either side, and both still care for each other.

‘But they came to the decision that there was no future for them as a couple. They remain friends, and are both very committed to co-parenting their two children.’

Kara and Marius went public with their relationship in 2017 after meeting the year before, and planned to tie the knot in 2020, before the pandemic put a stop to their plans.

Too Good To Be True airs Wednesday 14 February 9pm, and continues on Thursday 15 February 9pm. Stream the full series on My5.

It comes after Kara split from ex-fiancé Marius in 2022, with him later seen sharing a kiss with an unidentified woman outside a London club (pictured together in 2019)

It comes after Kara split from ex-fiancé Marius in 2022, with him later seen sharing a kiss with an unidentified woman outside a London club (pictured together in 2019)