Gillian Taylforth fancies a role in Emmerdale

Gillian Taylforth fancies a role in Emmerdale
Gillian Taylforth fancies a role in Emmerdale (Image credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment)

Gillian Taylforth has hinted that she would love to appear in a soap again. The 55-year-old actress - best known for playing Kathy Mitchell in EastEnders for 15 years until she left in 2000 - said she would like to act opposite David Essex, who plays Eddie Moon, in the BBC One soap. "Why am I not in EastEnders now David Essex is coming in? He is really gorgeous. I'd love to run my fingers through his hair," she joked to OK! magazine. "Kathy is long gone," she added, referring to the fact her character died in an off-screen accident. Gillian described ex-EastEnder Michelle Collins as inspirational for heading over to Coronation Street. "It's great that Michelle Collins is in Corrie. Let's hope she's broken the taboo that you can't go from one soap to another," she said. "I love Emmerdale, so maybe you'll see me in the Dales yet."

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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.