Gillian Taylforth joining Hollyoaks

Gillian Taylforth is to star in Channel 4 soap 'Hollyoaks' as the mother of five brothers, it has been confirmed

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Gillian Taylforth

Gillian Taylforth

Gillian Taylforth is joining 'Hollyoaks'.

The former 'EastEnders' actress - who played Kathy Beale in the BBC One soap for 15 years - is confirmed to star as the mother of five brothers in the Channel 4 soap, but no further details about her character have been revealed.

Gemma Bissix - who played Clare Devine in 'Hollyoaks' between 2006 and 2007 and briefly returned in 2009 - is reprising her role as the evil schemer in the show.

Gillian was recently thrust back into the limelight when she finished eighth on the latest series of 'Celebrity Big Brother', and the 57-year-old actress has starred in several TV dramas throughout her career including her portrayal of Sergeant Nikki Wright in police drama 'The Bill'.

While she is best known for starring in 'EastEnders', in which her character was killed off, she also appeared as Jackie Pascoe-Webb in drama series 'Footballers' Wives' for four years alongside 'Coronation Street' star Ben Price and 'Waterloo Road' beauty Zoe Lucker.

What's more, Gillian appeared in 'Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time', a charity crossover special between 'EastEnders' and 'Doctor Who' in 1993, along with Colin Baker, Jon Pertwee and Peter Davison - who played the titular Time Lord - as well as Wendy Richard (Pauline Fowler) and Pam St. Clement (Pat Butcher).

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