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Date Of BirthAugust 14, 1955
FactSister of Kim Taylforth.

Gillian Taylforth is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Kathy Beale in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, Jackie Mitchell in the ITV soap opera Footballers’ Wives and Hazel Savage in the BBC medical drama Holby City.

Taylforth was born in Islington, London, on 14 August 1955. Her parents were George Taylforth, a carpenter, and Joan Taylforth (née Webb), a housewife. She has two brothers, Gary and Darren. Taylforth was educated at Dame Alice Owen’s School in Islington.

Taylforth began her career as a child actress, appearing in the 1967 film Smashing Time. She went on to appear in a number of television programmes, including Z-Cars, The Bill and Casualty. In 1985, she joined the cast of EastEnders as Kathy Beale. She remained in the role for 19 years, before leaving in 2004.

In 2007, Taylforth joined the cast of Footballers’ Wives as Jackie Mitchell. She appeared in the show for two years, before leaving in 2009.

In 2010, Taylforth joined the cast of Holby City as Hazel Savage. She remained in the role for two years, before leaving in 2012.

Taylforth has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Geoff Knights, with whom she has two daughters, Hannah and Holly. The marriage ended in divorce in 2002. Her second marriage is to Dave Fairbairn, with whom she has a son, Jack.

Taylforth has an estimated net worth of £3 million.

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Full NameGillian Taylforth
Date Of BirthAugust 14, 1955
Height1.7 m
EducationAnna Scher Theatre


ChildrenHarrison Knights, Jessica Knights
ParentsRonald Taylforth, Margaret Borer, Brenda Hills
SiblingsKim Taylforth


MoviesTwenty Times More Likely
TV ShowsSink or Swim, On Safari, Footballers' Wives, EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Jane Hall, The Rag Trade (1977), The House That Jack Built, Footballers Wives Franchise

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1Has been in a relationship with David Fairbairn since July 2012 and engaged since January 2013.
2Is just 13 years older than Adam Woodyatt, who plays her son on EastEnders (1985).
3Ranked #13 in The 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Kathy Mitchell.
4Appeared in a 1983 public information film urging motorists not to drink and drive with the slogan "Fancy a jar, forget the car".
5Delivered her children Jessica and Harrison both via Caesarean section.
6Ranked #10 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Kathy Mitchell (2010).
7As of 2016 she is the 6th-longest serving actress in the history of EastEnders (1985) (tied with Natalie Cassidy and Laila Morse, and behind only June Brown, Pam St. Clement, Wendy Richard, Letitia Dean and Barbara Windsor), having played the character Kathy Sullivan intermittently for 16 years (initially from 1985 until 2000, and then from 2015 onwards).
8Daughter of Ronald Frederick Taylforth (1931-1991) and Margaret Doris Borer (1933-2003).
9Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her son Harrison to begin filming her guest return to EastEnders (1985).
10Returned to work 2 months after giving birth to her daughter Jessica to resume filming EastEnders (1985).
11Was 7 months pregnant with her daughter Jessica when she took maternity leave from filming EastEnders (1985).
12Her EastEnders (1985) character Kathy Mitchell became the 7th woman on the soap opera to give birth. Kathy had a son Ben (played by Charlie Jones and then Joshua Pascoe), born on 21 March 1996.
13Currently lives in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire with her two children.
14Became pregnant by her partner Geoff another twice; she suffered a miscarriage in 1996 and then went on to have an abortion in 1997 after a scan showed that her unborn child was deformed.
15Was in a relationship with her EastEnders (1985) co-star Nick Berry (1985-1986).
16Attended The Anna Scher Theatre School.
17Is one of 20 EastEnders (1985) actors to compete in Strictly Come Dancing (2004). The others, in chronological order, are Christopher Parker (Spencer Moon), Jill Halfpenny (Kate Mitchell), Patsy Palmer (Bianca Jackson), Louisa Lytton (Ruby Allen), Letitia Dean (Sharon Rickman), Matt Di Angelo (Deano Wicks), Phil Daniels (Kevin Wicks), Jessie Wallace (Kat Moon), Zöe Lucker (Vanessa Gold), Ricky Groves (Garry Hobbs), Natalie Cassidy (Sonia Fowler), Jimi Mistry (Fred Fonesca), Scott Maslen (Jack Branning), Kara Tointon (Dawn Swann), Anita Dobson (Angie Watts), Sid Owen (Ricky Butcher), Jake Wood (Max Branning), Kellie Bright (Linda Carter) and Tameka Empson (Kim Fox-Hubbard).
18Was originally chosen to play Sue Osman in EastEnders (1985) before producers decided to cast her as the younger character Kathy Beale and Sandy Ratcliff as Sue.
19Sister of Kim Taylforth.
20Was in a long-term relationship with Geoff Knights from November 1986 to June 2009. During their time together they had a daughter Jessica Rae (born February 1992) and a son Harrison Jay (born April 1999).



EastEnders1985-2017TV SeriesKathy Kathy Sullivan Kathy Beale ...
Children in Need2015TV SeriesKathy Sullivan
EastEnders Does Top Hat: Children in Need 20152015TV MovieKathy Sullivan
Hollyoaks2013-2015TV SeriesSandy Roscoe
Eastenders: The Ghosts of Ian Beale - Children in Need Special2014TV MovieKathy Mitchell
Missing2010TV SeriesJudy Waverley
Casualty2002-2009TV SeriesJustine Walker MP / Gloria
The Bill2006-2008TV SeriesSgt. Nikki Wright Sgt Nikki Wright
Jane Hall2006TV SeriesMandy Searle
Footballers' Wives2002-2006TV SeriesJackie Pascoe Jackie Webb
New Tricks2005TV SeriesEmma Winters
Messiah 2: Vengeance Is Mine2003TV Mini-SeriesHelen
The House That Jack Built2002TV SeriesMaxine Squire
McCready and Daughter2001TV SeriesDiane Ryder
Messiah2001TV Mini-SeriesHelen Warren
The Knock2000TV SeriesAnne Gilbraith
Big Cat1998TV MoviePolly
Lost in France1998TV ShortCarol
Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time1993TV ShortKathy Beale
Stars of the Roller State Disco1984TV MovieKiosk typist
The Gentle Touch1984TV SeriesMary Felix
Minder1984TV SeriesGirl in Pub
Scene1984TV Series documentarySandra
Sink or Swim1981TV SeriesChristine
Big Jim and the Figaro Club1981TV SeriesDishmop
Hi-de-Hi!1981TV SeriesRose
The Long Good Friday1980Sherry
Shelley1979-1980TV SeriesNurse Rowlands / Cashier
Watch This Space1980TV SeriesBrenda
Thundercloud1979TV SeriesWren Jepson
Twenty Times More Likely1978ShortSandy
The One and Only Phyllis Dixey1978TV MovieGirl in café
The Rag Trade1977-1978TV SeriesLyn
Somebody's Daughter1978TV SeriesStudent
Plays for Britain1976TV SeriesMaureen
Zigger Zagger1975TV SeriesSandra
Play for Today1974TV SeriesMavis


The British Soap Awards 20162016TV SpecialHerself
The British Soap Awards 20152015TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Achievement Off-Screen
Eastenders: Backstage with Zoe Ball & Joe Swash2015TV MovieHerself
The British Soap Awards 20132013TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The British Soap Awards 2013: The Party2013TV SpecialHerself
Big Brother's Bit on the Side2013TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Big Brother2013TV SeriesHerself
The Wright Stuff2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist
Daybreak2012TV SeriesHerself - Competition Presenter
Loose Women2000-2010TV SeriesHerself - Presenter / Herself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Ready, Steady, Cook2009TV SeriesHerself
Strictly Come Dancing2008TV SeriesHerself - Contestant / Herself
Celebrity Ding Dong2008TV SeriesHerself
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two2008TV Series documentaryHerself
The Paul O'Grady Show2006TV SeriesHerself
ITV 50 Greatest Shows2005TV MovieHerself
Richard & Judy2004-2005TV SeriesHerself
This Morning2004TV SeriesHerself
Life After the Square2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
This Is Your Life2003TV Series documentaryHerself
GMTV2002TV SeriesHerself
V Graham Norton2002TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Ready, Steady, Cook2001TV SeriesHerself
Blankety Blank1986-2001TV SeriesHerself
Stars and Their Lives2000TV SeriesHerself
Winton's Wonderland1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Television's Greatest Hits1999TV Series documentaryHerself
The British Soap Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Late Lunch1998TV SeriesHerself
Operation Good Guys1998TV SeriesHerself
The Big Breakfast1996TV SeriesHerself
Littlejohn Live and Uncut1995TV SeriesHerself - Guest
One Day in the Life of Television1989TV Movie documentaryHerself
Just Another Day1986TV Series documentaryHerself
On Safari1982-1984TV SeriesHerself
Golden Gala1978TV MovieHerself

Archive Footage

Bobby Beale: The Story So Far2016TV MovieKathy Sullivan
Loose Women2009-2016TV SeriesHerself
EastEnders2008-2010TV SeriesKathy Beale Kathy
EastEnders: The Greatest Cliffhangers2010TV SeriesKathy Beale
The Paul O'Grady Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Almost Famous II2009TV Movie documentary
Let Loose... The Very Best of 'Loose Women'2008VideoHerself
Sex on Trial: The Soapstar Story2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Greatest Before They Were Stars TV Moments2005TV Movie documentaryWoolworths Advert - 1980
Footballers' Wives Exposed2004TV MovieJackie Pascoe
I Love Christmas2001TV Special documentary
EastEnders: The Mitchells - Naked Truths1998VideoKathy Beale-Mitchell

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