Gillian Taylforth

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Soap Opera Actress
Date of Birth August 14, 1955
Place of Birth England
Age 65 years old
Horoscope Leo

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Gillian Taylforth is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Kathy Beale on the BBC soap opera EastEnders, and has also appeared as Jackie Pascoe-Webb on ITV's Footballers' Wives, and more recently as Sgt. Nikki Wright in ITV's The Bill. She has also appeared in film during her early career, has presented on ITV's Loose Women and appeared as a celebrity contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008. In January 2013, she was a contestant in Celebrity Big Brother. From May 2013 she played Sandy Roscoe on Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, but left in Summer 2014, and returned in December to again leave with Joe Roscoe in January 2015. Despite her EastEnders character being presumed dead after being killed off-screen in 2006, Taylforth made a shock return to the show in February 2015 as part of the 30th anniversary episode. The BBC later confirmed that she would reprise the role of Kathy permanently later in the year and she appeared again regularly from August 2015.

Born: August 14, 1955, Islington, London, England
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1977–present
Television: EastEnders (1985–2000, 2015–), Footballers' Wives (2002–2006), The Bill (2006–2008), Hollyoaks (2013–2015)
Partner(s): Geoff Knights (1988–2009)
Children: 2
Relatives: Kim Taylforth (sister)
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About Gillian Taylforth

English soap star who was the face of Kath on EastEnders for fifteen years. She also played Sandy in Hollyoaks from 2013 to 2014.

Before Fame

She worked as a secretary before winning her first acting role in the 1970's.


She had starring roles on The Bill and Footballers' Wives.

Family Life

She had two children with Geoff Knights.


She and Barbara Windsor had two of the longest tenures on EastEnders.

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