Fans amazed at EastEnders' Gillian Taylforth's age gap with her character

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EastEnders fans were taken aback at the real age of character Kathy Beale on EastEnders, which actress Gillian Taylforth even younger than her own character.

Recently, EastEnders has shown up to pay tribute to the late monarch, which actress Gillian Taylforth called made the country ‘losing its Nan’. But, what surprised people the most was Kathy Beale’s real age.

Fans couldn't believe how young Gillian is

The EastEnders actress appeared on the very first episode of the famous opera in 1985. However, looking at Gillian makes people question whether does aging not exist. Fans noticed that she now even looks arguably younger than she did in the 90s.

According to the Mirror, Kathy Beale, played by Gillian Taylforth, was 73 years old on-screen, which fans were shocked to discover. No one can find any signs of time leaving on the actress’s face, despite the fact that she is already 67 years old in real life. It looks like she has barely aged a day throughout the 40-year period on the TV screen.

Fans amazed at EastEnders' Gillian Taylforth's age gap with her character Karwai Tang

On EastEnders, she played the mother of Ian Beale, played by Adam Woodyatt, 54. Her character’s age became known during the discussion relating to Queen Elizabeth’s passing, reports MyLondon.

The Queen died peacefully last Thursday, aged 96, leading to sorrow and sadness surrounding the country. She is the longest-reigning monarch, with over 70 years on the throne, devoting her whole life to fulfilling her duties. Thousands of mourners have been lining up in the streets for hours to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

Kathy expressed her feelings about the national loss: 'It just feels so personal, you know, just devastating.'

Kathy also disclosed that she was only three years old when the Queen was crowned 70 years ago.

She shared:

'I was, what, three when she became Queen. I wish I could remember the Coronation but, well, I’ve got other people’s memories.'

The reunion of EastEnders was not the only noticeable thing to the viewers, as Kathy’s age also left the audience stunned.

It seems so hard to believe that fans have constantly posted on Twitter to express their shock over Kathy’s real age.

They said: 'How tf is Kathy Beale in her 70s’

Another fan wrote:

'I just watched an episode of EastEnders for the first time in 5 years. The actors have aged normally, except Kathy Beale, who still hasn't aged a day!?'

A third exclaimed:

'Out of everything I've heard this past week, the thing I'm struggling most with is that Kathy Beale off EastEnders is 73.'

Another fan gushed:

'Haven’t seen #Eastenders in a long time and it turns out all the old characters are back. Kathy Beale looks about 30. Phil is marrying Kat.'

Gillian's secrets to staying young

Gillian previously talked about her secret to conserving her beauty and how to look even younger than the actor who plays her own son, Adam Woodyat.

Fans amazed at EastEnders' Gillian Taylforth's age gap with her character Karwai Tang

The 67-year-old actress admitted that she looks this young because she had a lot of free time for herself. On the other hand, Adam, who is EastEnders' longest-serving actor, had to handle a heavy workload.

She shared on This Morning:

'Adam has been doing this show for 30 years whereas I've had lots of time off. That's probably why I look younger!'

Gillian also stayed honest with the audience as she revealed the cosmetic surgery she went on. Specifically, she had a £1500 non-surgical facelift which uses dissolvable thread to get rid of wrinkles.

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