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Sunday 4 October 2015

EastEnder Taylforth exits BB house

Published 18/01/2013

Former EastEnder Gillian Taylforth broke down in tears as she became the latest person to be evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house.

The 57-year-old actress lost out in the public vote after all of the remaining housemates faced eviction together for the first time.

The usual chorus of boos or cheers were missing from Friday night's show as heavy snow meant crowds were told not to attend.

An emotional Taylforth told host Brian Dowling she was crying "happy tears" after leaving the house.

Known for playing fiery EastEnders' character Kathy Beale, Taylforth admitted she was more reserved in the house and worried the show's nomination process would make her look "two-faced".

Questioned about her tearful nominations during the series, she said: "I just hate it because you got to know everybody, even after a few days. You got to know them, you felt like they were you're friends and then suddenly you had to go in with a negative view on why you wanted to nominate them."

She added: "I like to go round telling jokes and singing, but I didn't want to get on people's nerves and be in people's faces."

Taylforth, who also starred in ITV series Footballers' Wives, backed X Factor flop Rylan Clark to win the series.

Clark, 24, remains in the house with jockey Frankie Dettori, ex-footballer Neil Ruddock, former neighbours star Ryan Moloney, actress Tricia Penrose, Steps singer Claire Richards and reality TV couple Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.

Viewers can vote for who they want to win the series ahead of Wednesday night's semi-final, while the series' finale is screened on Channel 5 next Friday.

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