EastEnders star Gillian Taylforth gives rare behind the scenes look at soap | The Sun

EASTENDERS star Gillian Taylforth gave a rare behind the scenes look at the soap on social media.

The actress has played Kathy Beale in the soap on and off since the start of the BBC serial drama in 1985.

Gillian, 67, was filmed for the official social media profile of the programme.

The account showed an inside look at what happens backstage as she showed off what would usually be her day-to-day routine.

She looked fresh faced as she arrivedat the EastEnders production offices as Gillian revealed the other day she had to get up at 5 o'clock in the morning.

She was seen in a pink t-shirt whilst carrying a Luis Vuitton carrier handbag whilst she also had a leopard print rucksack around her right shoulder.


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The former Footballers Wives star headed straight to her dressing room to "put her radio on," as well as her costume, which had already been laid out by production staff.

Although she didn't show the viewer much of her private changing area, a microwave, mirror and fan art could be seen in the background.

Later she headed to make-up to get her look sorted – which included painting her nails in a specific 'Kathy' red colour -ready for a busy day filming on set.

She briefly retired to her dressing room, which clearly had the sign 'Jukebox Gilly' on the front along with other humorous captioned cards as she waited for the 10 minute warning call to let her know she is needed on set.

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Afterwards, she headed to the green room to collect her future scripts for the next few weeks, although she hoped there wouldn't be any so she can have a few days off.

However an envelope with her name on it was waiting for her on the table amongst a large stack as she declared: "No days off for me!"

She then briefly ran into her co-star Max Bowden – who plays her on-screen son Ben Mitchell – and the pair shared a sweet embrace as he declared her a "national treasure".

After she received the "ten minute call" she went to the green room to wait, where she ran into a range of co-stars including Brian Conley and Clay Milner Russell.

Later Lacy Turner was seen relaxing in a navy robe and fluffy slippers sitting on a comfy sofa as Gillian declared that the cast all speculate on the upcoming Christmas mystery storyline.

"What we're all talking about here, who's dead at Christmas?

"None of us have got any idea whatsoever, we've gone through everybody we can think of and every single one of us has got different people, so we really don't know.

"And lovely Lacey Turner's sitting over there, I keep asking her, she's got her thoughts.

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"So we all do sit around here, I can tell you discussing who it could be."

She finished the video by heading to film her scenes on set with Brian before going back home, ready to do it all again.

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