Hollyoaks sneaks in Gillian Taylforth's sister Kim

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From Digital Spy

Hollyoaks found the perfect choice to play Sandy Roscoe's sister in the show's latest episode – Gillian Taylforth's own real-life sibling.

Wednesday's E4 first look airing saw Sandy's son Freddie meet up with his Auntie Christine, who had a big bombshell to drop on him.

With Christine looking and sounding like Sandy, it seemed that Hollyoaks' casting department had pulled off a masterstroke with this one – but there was a very good reason for their similarities!

Christine was played by Kim Taylforth, who's the real-life sister of Gillian.

Kim is best known for roles in Bad Girls, Family Affairs and London's Burning and she also worked alongside Gillian in a stage production of musical comedy Girls' Night in 2012.

When Freddie caught up with Auntie Christine, she was just back from visiting Sandy in South Africa.

Freddie couldn't believe it when Christine handed his daughter Lexi over to him, explaining that Sandy can't cope with her and JJ so it's time he took responsibility.

Gillian played the role of Sandy on Hollyoaks on and off between 2013 and 2015.

These days, she's back in her most iconic role as Kathy Beale in EastEnders.

Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

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