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CBB Gillian Taylforth strips off: 'It's a shock to be seen as sexy'

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Celebrity Big Brother star Gillian Taylforth has admitted that she is stunned to be seen as a sex symbol at 57 - as she strips down to her bikini for a raunchy photo shoot.

The EastEnders legend, Footballers' Wives star and self-confessed "tomboy" told Closer that she wanted to show off her impressive physique to remind herself that she looked "quite all right once".

It was also announced today (February 5) that Taylforth will be joining TV soap Hollyoaks.

Gillian Taylforth photo shoot for Closer magazine

© Closer



"It really shocks me that people think I'm sexy!" she said. "I've never seen myself like that. But I'm doing this shoot so I can look back when I'm old and grey and remind myself that I was quite all right once.

"I'm actually not very good at accepting compliments. I'm a total tomboy - whenever you see me out and about I'll be in my Timberlands and jeans."

Taylforth insisted that her body is the result of three to four weekly Zumba sessions, a few weights and a healthy diet, not the surgeon's knife.

Gillian Taylforth photo shoot for Closer magazine

© Closer



"At the moment, I wouldn't have surgery," she said. "I¹m really lucky that my face has held up as long as it has, but never say never.

Gillian Taylforth on the cover of Closer magazine
"You don't know what the future will hold - I might wake up one day and find all the years have caught up with me."

Taylforth follows in the footsteps of her fellow Celebrity Big Brother housemate Paula Hamilton, 55, who exposed her "puppies" to Closer last week.

The full interview with Taylforth appears in this week's Closer magazine, on sale now.

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