We are thrilled to welcome our patrons… KIM and GILLIAN TAYLFORTH
The Taylforth sisters are national treasures and have both had phenomenal careers on stage and screen. Kim is best known for her roles on London Burning/ Family affairs/Hollyoaks whilst Gillian graces our screens as the iconic Kathy Beale in Eastenders. Gillian is also known for her roles as Sandy Roscoe in Hollyoaks, Jackie Pascoe-Webb on ITV's Footballers' Wives, Sgt. Nikki Wright in ITV's The Bill. She has also presented on ITV's Loose Women and appeared as a celebrity contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.
As youngsters, the sisters attended the Anna Scher Theatre school, alongside Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson, Martin and Gary Kemp to name but a few. A north London based drama group which cost them just 10p a week. It was from here that their successful careers were launched and their passion for performing was ignited.
Pure Drama principal Lizzie Frances, worked alongside the Taylforths in the UK tour of the hit musical ‘Girls Night’, Lizzie says “They were such wonderful and professional actresses to work alongside and I look upon my time with them, both on and off stage, very fondly. I loved hearing their stories about their time at The Anna Scher Theatre School and it was from this that inspired me to offer similar classes in Bournemouth. So, I set up Pure Drama.”