EastEnders star Gillian Taylforth ‘finds love again with toyboy 10 years younger’

EastEnders icon Gillian Taylforth has reportedly "found love" again with her "new boyfriend" Philip Oag.

The soap icon, who has played Kathy Beale on and off for nearly 40 years and appeared in the very first episode of the BBC hit, was spotted enjoying a stroll with her beau on a sunny day in Hertfordshire.

The 68 year old star's romance comes four years after she split from her former fiancé Dave Fairbairn.

The duo were engaged to be married, but called off the big day in 2019. Now Gillian is said to be loved-up with 59 year old Philip, who is 10 years her junior.

According to reports, the actress has been "dating him for at least a year".

A source told The Sun: "Gillian is head over heels for Philip – they've been secretly dating for over a year and he's even moved into her home.

"Everyone's so pleased for her," the insider added to the publication, praising the couple's connection.

OK! has contacted representatives for Gillian and EastEnders for comment.

In the new snaps, Gillian was all smiles as she braved the cold for a day out with her new beau.

The star opted for an oversized camel-coloured warm coat, which was lined with cream teddy fabric on the inside and featured two deep pockets on the front.

She donned a pair of black boot-cut jeans and suede boots, finishing off the look with a cream cotton scarf, pastel green checked shirt, and a pair of large black sunglasses for the outing.

The Kathy star, who is one of the six main characters involved in the massive Christmas death storyline airing on BBC One this year, styled her blonde tresses in loose waves around her shoulders, and added a sweep of bronzer in the chilly sunshine.

Philip meanwhile, who is the director of operations at a cosmetic clinic called The Cranley Clinic in London, cut a smart figure as he chose a navy polo shirt, matching blazer and blue jeans for the trip.

The pair were also pushing a double pram around with two littles ones during their walk.

The sighting comes as Gillian continued to beam with the company director, a far cry from the drama of her last romance four years ago.

The soap favourite was in a relationship with Dave, a convicted drug baron, for six years.

After the pair's wedding plans were permanently shelved, they went their separate ways at the end of 2019.

Dave was sent to prison in 2022 after he admitted to possession of firearms and was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice in court.

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