Celebrity Big Brother 2013: Gillian Taylforth

Celebrity Big Brother 2013: Gillian Taylforth

Age 57

Star Sign Leo

Home Town Islington, London

Actress Gillian is best known as one of the most loved characters in EastEnders, where she played Kathy Beale until 1998.

During her 15 years in the soap, Gillian’s character was involved in countless dramatic storylines which included affairs, rape and death.

Famed for her gritty drama performances, Gillian has also appeared in Casualty, The Bill and Footballer’s Wives and in recent years took part in Strictly Come Dancing. As well as the small screen, Gillian appeared on stages across the UK this year in musical Girls Night alongside her sister, Kim.

Gillian has also become a favourite panellist on Loose Women, where she doesn’t shy away from voicing her strong opinions. Despite her husky East End twang, Gillian now lives in Hertfordshire with her two children.

In 2009, she split from her businessman husband after 23 years of marriage. On her notoriously rocky relationship, Gillian said splitting was “a tough decision, but the right one.” She remains positive about her love life – her daughter’s friends even call her a cougar – and she says: “I’m a huge romantic. I definitely haven’t given up on men. I’d love to fall in love again. Why not? You’re never too old for romance.”

Updated: Thursday 3 January 2013
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