Gillian Taylforth

Gillian Taylforth
Actress Gillian Taylforth is best known as one of the most-loved characters in EastEnders, where she played Kathy Beale before leaving in 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, has taken part in Strictly Come Dancing and has become a panellist on Loose Women.

Gillian is a huge fan of Celebrity Big Brother and was inspired to take part after seeing Julie Goodyear's bitchy behaviour last time around when she called her agent and said: "Get me in there!"
The pair come up with a plan to keep Phil safe next week. EastEnders: Ben and Kathy to team up Ian and Kathy will come face-to-face next week, but the reunion takes an unexpected turn. EastEnders: Ian and Kathy are reunited Kathy Beale has made an explosive return to Albert Square after faking her death. Enders' Gillian Taylforth wants to stay Kathy's return to Walford doesn't get off to the best start in tonight's episode. EastEnders: Kathy lashes out at Sharon Get the inside scoop on the most shocking soap return of the year in this short film. Watch EastEnders' Kathy Beale documentary This Albert Square reunion is anything but happy. EastEnders trailer: See Sharon v Kathy Dominic Treadwell-Collins wondered if her return was "pushing it too far". EastEnders boss had doubts over Kathy return The actress admits that the BBC soap feels more like home than Hollyoaks. Gillian Taylforth on choosing EastEnders Kathy's turmoil will continue next week. EastEnders: Kathy Beale to get a shock The formidable character returns to Albert Square ten years after faking her own death. Kathy's back in new EastEnders trailer The pair will revisit their former feud when they see each other for the first time in years. EastEnders: Sharon and Kathy come face to face Dominic Treadwell-Collins spills the beans about Kathy Beale's return to Walford. EastEnders boss: 'Kathy and Jane won't get on' Dominic Treadwell-Collins wanted the plot to be credible. EastEnders boss explains Kathy return decision Gillian Taylforth has hinted that Kathy could get her sons back on side. EastEnders star: 'Ian, Ben will understand Kathy' Following Ross's shock comeback, other soap characters who rose again. 10 soap favourites who returned from the dead Monday's episode featured a candid heart-to-heart between Phil and Ronnie. EastEnders: Phil knew about Kathy for years DCI Marsden has Kathy in her sights - is she about to face the music? EastEnders films arrest scenes for Kathy Paul Nicholas's character makes his first appearance in Friday's episode. EastEnders introduces new villain Gavin Kathy struggles to keep her composure as she stands just metres away from her son. EastEnders pics: Kathy sees Ian tonight Jane has left Sharon with a monumental dilemma - what will she do? EastEnders cliffhanger: Jane comes clean Kathy faces the wrath of Phil in dramatic scenes tonight. EastEnders pics: Kathy to be held captive Phil Mitchell is seen demanding to know what Kathy wants in the new teaser. EastEnders: Watch Kathy plead with Phil Gillian Taylforth previews her character's big return. EastEnders star discusses Kathy return Kathy's back in Walford, a familiar face joins Corrie and Ste's new romance begins. This week's Sunday soap gossip Mother and son are finally reunited as the pressure of knowing Lucy's killer gets too much for Ian. EE: Ian's dramatic reaction to Kathy's return Adam Woodyatt and Gillian Taylforth shoot dramatic scenes on-location. EastEnders films Ian and Kathy reunion Our latest Soap Spy looks back on a week of high drama on the Square. Have new Lucy twists boosted EastEnders? Dominic Treadwell-Collins drops more hints about Kathy Beale's exciting return. EastEnders boss: 'Gavin will be a villain' See actor filming scenes at King's Cross station with Gillian Taylforth, who plays Kathy. EastEnders: Paul Nicholas films first scenes The new character holds the key to several Walford secrets. EastEnders casts Kathy's husband Gavin The actor and presenter has a "really good" relationship with the BBC soap. Swash: 'I'd definitely return to EastEnders' Charlie Wernham chats to us about Robbie's heartbreak over Phoebe. Hollyoaks star reveals Robbie return drama Harry Reid chats to us about his upcoming soap storylines. EastEnders star talks Ben Mitchell future Gillian Taylforth featured briefly on screen in Tuesday night's episode. EastEnders airs new Kathy Beale scene Soap actress is banned for two years after being pulled over drunk by police. Enders star Taylforth banned from driving Dominic Treadwell-Collins explains why he decided to bring Kathy back. EastEnders boss: 'Kathy return is convincing' Dominic Treadwell-Collins discusses the future of the Kathy storyline. EastEnders: New Kathy scene to air soon The BBC has published the scripts for EastEnders Live Week online. EastEnders Live Week scripts made public The actress thinks that Cindy could be written back into the show. Michelle Collins wants Enders return Which actress came back to the soap to keep Taylforth's return a secret? Who stood in for Taylforth in EE rehearsals?