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Hollyoaks: Gillian Taylforth to leave Sandy Roscoe role

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Hollyoaks star Gillian Taylforth has decided to leave the soap after a year in the role of Sandy Roscoe.

The actress is bowing out after making the decision to spend more time with her real-life family.

Gillian Taylforth as Sandy Roscoe in Hollyoaks

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Gillian Taylforth as Sandy Roscoe


Show bosses have promised that Sandy won't be killed off as they are leaving the door open for her to return intermittently in future storylines.

In a statement released to Digital Spy this morning (March 9), Taylforth commented: "I have loved the role of Sandy Roscoe playing mum to six gorgeous boys, all of whom I will miss desperately, but the time is right for me to spend more time with my own family.

"It has been enormous fun and hugely rewarding to be part of settling in a new Hollyoaks family and it fills me with pride that they have so quickly been taken to viewers' hearts.

"I am really happy that I will still be able to pop back to check on the Roscoe boys but it's now time for them to fend for themselves!"

Hollyoaks' new Roscoe family

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The Roscoe family


Taylforth, who joined the Hollyoaks cast in early 2013, is expected to depart on screen in the summer.

Since arriving in the village, Sandy's notable storylines have included her fling with Dodger Savage, her marriage to gangster Fraser Black and the shock reveal that she is Darren Osborne's real mum.

Taylforth previously played EastEnders' Kathy Beale between 1985 and 2000.

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