‘I hope Ian and Ben will understand’, reveals Gillian Taylforth

© BBC / Des Willie
© BBC / Des Willie

Returning EastEnders star Gillian Taylforth, who plays Kathy Beale, has revealed she has hopes that Ian and Ben will forgive her alter-ego.

Speaking at an EastEnders press event about how Kathy is going to explain her ‘death’ to Ian and Ben, Taylforth said: “I don’t know how she is going to it but she will have to find a way.

“There are reasons why this manipulative Gavin, who is a control freak, got hold of her and controls everything she does.

“Kathy has become someone who can’t function without him, but hopefully she will get the boys back. She has to explain so much to them but bit by bit, you found out why she has become the person she has done.”

They start understanding that their mum has been brainwashed. They understand and I am hoping they forgive her.


“As a mother myself, I can’t even think about driving off and leaving my children. There is an episode where she talks about driving off and waving at him, knowing she wasn’t coming back.

“Gavin made her do it [the insurance scam] but Ben thought she was coming back and she knew she was never going to see him again.

“Young Harry, who plays Ben, is such a fantastic actor. He is really fantastic and the scenes I did with him a few weeks ago were brilliant.”

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