Gillian Taylforth (born 14 August 1955 in London) is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Kathy Beale on the BBC soap opera, EastEnders (1985–2000) and as Jackie Pascoe-Webb on ITV’s Footballers Wives (2002–2006), but more recently as Sgt. Nikki Wright in ITV’s The Bill (2006–2008). Away from television acting, she has appeared in film during her early career, and has presented on ITV’s Loose Women as well as appearing as a celebrity contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008. She is currently a contestant in the new series of Celebrity Big Brother.