EastEnders fans floored as it’s revealed Kathy Beale is 73 YEARS OLD


‘She’s looked the same since 1987’ EastEnders fans floored as it’s revealed Kathy Beale is 73 YEARS OLD – but looks decades younger

She appeared on the very first episode of EastEnders in 1985 – but fans were floored to discover that Kathy Beale is 73 years old.  

Kathy, played by Gillian Taylforth, is aged 67 in real life and has barely aged a day in the last 40 years – and arguably looks younger than she did in the 90s. 

She plays Ian Beale’s mother in the show, played by Adam Woodyatt, 54, and her character’s age came to light on Monday’s episode while discussing the Queen’s death. 

‘She’s looked the same since 1987’ EastEnders fans floored as it’s revealed Kathy Beale is 73 YEARS OLD – but looks decades younger

Throwback: Kathy pictured in the 90s - seems to look even younger now than she did then

Throwback: Kathy pictured in the 90s – seems to look even younger now than she did then 

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully last Thursday aged 96, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement, commencing a period of national mourning. 

Kathy said: ‘God bless her,’ as Denise Fox replied: ‘She’s been here our whole lives, it’s like everything we’ve ever known.’

‘It just feels so personal, you know, just devastating.’

Kathy revealed she was three years old during the  Queen’s Coronation 70 years ago.

Heartfelt: EastEnders opened with a touching tribute to the Queen on Monday evening, likening last week's death of the monarch to the country 'losing its Nan'

Heartfelt: EastEnders opened with a touching tribute to the Queen on Monday evening, likening last week’s death of the monarch to the country ‘losing its Nan’

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

Fans took to Twitter to express their shock over Kathy’s age. 

They wrote: ‘How tf is Kathy Beale in her 70s. #EastEnders.

‘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 look back: Kathy said she was three years old during the Queen's Coronation, making her 73 years old

A look back: Kathy said she was three years old during the Queen’s Coronation, making her 73 years old  

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

‘The most shocking thing about this is realising Kathy Beale is 7 years away from being 80.’

‘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.’

Can't believe it! Fans went wild for Gillian's appearance as Kathy - and can't believe how much she has not aged in the last thirty years

Can’t believe it! Fans went wild for Gillian’s appearance as Kathy – and can’t believe how much she has not aged in the last thirty years 

Back in 2015, Gillian weighed in on how she manages to look younger than her onscreen son. 

She said 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!’

That year, she admitted to having a £1500 non-surgical facelift which uses dissolvable thread to get rid of wrinkles. 

Word! Back in 2015, Gillian weighed in on how she manages to look younger than her onscreen son Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale (picture on September 2), saying it's because he does more hours than her

Word! Back in 2015, Gillian weighed in on how she manages to look younger than her onscreen son Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale (picture on September 2), saying it’s because he does more hours than her 

Announcement: Buckingham Palace announced the sad news of the Queen's passing on Thursday aged 96

Announcement: Buckingham Palace announced the sad news of the Queen’s passing on Thursday aged 96 

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