EastEnders star Gillian Taylforth promises “feasible” explanation for Kathy’s return from the dead

The character was glimpsed again in tonight's episode of the BBC1 soap - but what's her big secret?

Actress Gillian Taylforth has promised EastEnders fans that they will be convinced by the explanation given for Kathy’s comeback.


Speaking in the latest issue of Radio Times about how her character will return from the dead, Taylforth says: “It will be something feasible. You don’t want to see me coming out of the shower,” referencing the notorious resurrection of Bobby Ewing in Dallas. 

In the new interview, Taylforth also reveals that she was told about plans to reintroduce Kathy after being invited to the home of the show’s executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins. “[Dom] got all emotional and cried. I was so shocked that I didn’t. But then I got back into the car to go home and sobbed: ‘They want me back! They want me back!'”

Kathy was first revealed to still be alive during scenes broadcast live during the soap’s 30th birthday in February. Since that time, Taylforth has made a couple of cameos as Kathy (the latest being in tonight’s episode just broadcast on BBC1), but is set to make a full-time return this autumn.

On the topic of keeping her comeback a secret, even from her nearest and dearest, Taylforth says of her family’s reaction to the surprise anniversary scene: “On my phone, there was a message from my daughter saying, ‘Oh God, Mum, is it true you were in it?’ 

“And then my son texted me: ‘Thank you, Mother. Ninety-nine per cent of the population know you’re back in EastEnders and one per cent, your beloved son, doesn’t.’ I asked them why they hadn’t watched it and they said they were busy.” 


You can read the full interview with Gillian Taylforth in the new issue of Radio Times (out Tuesday). And visit our dedicated EastEnders page for all the latest news, interviews and spoilers.