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20 October 2020, 08:14 | Updated: 20 October 2020, 08:16
What is Kathy Beale’s age and who plays her in EastEnders? Find out everything…
EastEnders is finally back on our screens after some time off air.
And there's plenty of drama on the Square this autumn, with evil Gray Atkins still causing havoc and Sharon Mitchell running the Queen Vic.
Ian Beale has also got himself into a mess after ripping off his own mother Kathy by fraudulently remortgaging her cafe without her knowledge.
But how old is Kathy Beale and what is her character's age?
It’s thought Kathy is meant to be 70-years-old this year as she was born in 1950.
However, actress Gillian Taylforth was born on 14th August 1955, making her 64-years-old.
Gillian Taylforth has played Kathy Beale since the first episode of EastEnders in February 1985.
She left the show in 1998 after being involved in a string of dramatic storylines including rape, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, divorce, alcoholism and meningitis.
She made a brief return in 1999, but left Albert Square again on 6 January 2000.
Kathy died off-screen in February 2006 in a car crash in South Africa, however in February 2015, Gillian made a surprise appearance during a live special of the soap for its 30th anniversary episode.
It was revealed that she had faked her own death in South Africa in 2006, and she later made a permanent return.
Actress Gillian has also appeared as Jackie Pascoe on ITV's Footballers' Wives from 2002–2006, Nikki Wright in The Bill between 2006–08, and Sandy Roscoe in Hollyoaks from 2013-2014.
She’s also been a panelist on Loose Women and competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008, as well as appearing on Celebrity Big Brother in 2013.
Gillian was married to Geoff Knights for 23 years and he is the father of her two children - Jessica, 28, and Harrison, 21.
They separated in 2009, and Geoff passed away in 2013 after being diagnosed with stomach cancer.
Gillian was due to marry boyfriend of five years Dave Fairbairn after he proposed to her in 2013, but the pair have reportedly now split.
It is unknown how much Gillian currently earns, but it is estimated she could be worth between $1-5 Million.