Gillian Taylforth (born 14 August 1955) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Kathy Beale on the BBC soap opera, EastEnders and has also appeared as Jackie Pascoe-Webb on ITV's Footballers' Wives (2002–06), and more recently as Sgt. Nikki Wright in ITV's The Bill (2006–08). She has also appeared in film during her early career, has presented on ITV's Loose Women and appeared as a celebrity contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008. In January 2013, she was a contestant in Celebrity Big Brother. From May 2013 she played Sandy Roscoe on Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, but left in Summer 2014, and returned in December to again leave with Joe Roscoe in January 2015. Taylforth made a shock return to EastEnders in February 2015 as part of the 30th anniversary episode. The BBC have since confirmed that she will reprise the role of Kathy permanently later in the year.