Gillian Taylforth moving family to Liverpool for Hollyoaks

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 February 2013
Gillian Taylforth

Gillian Taylforth

Gillian Taylforth is moving her family to Liverpool ahead of her new role on Channel 4 soap 'Hollyoaks', in which she will portray mother-of-five Sandy Roscoe

Gillian Taylforth is moving her family to Liverpool for her new 'Hollyoaks' role.

The former 'EastEnders' actress - who portrayed Kathy Beale in 'EastEnders' for 15 years - is "really looking forward" to taking on the role of Sandy Roscoe, the mother of five hunky brothers, and working in the "fantastic city", and she is keen to meet her co-stars in the Channel 4 soap.

She said: "I am really looking forward to joining 'Hollyoaks' which is going from strength to strength under Bryan Kirkwood at the moment. My real family are excited to move up to Liverpool - a fantastic city - and I'm eager to meet my new family, five hunky 'Hollyoaks' sons who I'm sure will all be saints!"

As well as Gillian's introduction, Gemma Bissix - who played Clare Devine in 'Hollyoaks' between 2006 and 2007 and briefly returned in 2009 - will be reprising her role as the soap's superbitch at the end of March.

She said: "I'm really looking forward to re-joining the cast of 'Hollyoaks'. Clare Devine is one of my favourite characters and I can't wait to get back into the role.

"I'm particularly excited to be working with Bryan Kirkwood again. He first cast me as evil Clare and I hear he is doing amazing things with 'Hollyoaks' at the moment so I'm really looking forward to being a part of it. Bring back the bitch!"

Evil schemer Clare left the village in controversial circumstances after she was savagely pushed from the balcony of The Loft in a dramatic 'who dunnit' plot before returning for revenge and torching the nightclub, with her nemesis Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas) still inside the venue.

Clare's re-introduction to the soap will see her come between dangerous couple Dr. Paul Browning (Joe Thompson) and Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe).

'Hollyoaks' is on Channel 4 weeknights at 6.30pm with a first look on E4 weeknights at 7pm and weekend omnibuses across T4 and E4. Viewers can also catch up on demand

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