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Gillian Taylforth’s ex, 65, is charged with five firearms offences 

The ex-fiancé of former EastEnders star Gillian Taylforth has been charged with possession of a gun. 

David Fairbairn, 65, is due to appear in court today after he was charged with several offences including five counts of possession of firearms and driving while disqualified.

He has also been charged by the Metropolitan Police for perverting the course of justice.

Fairbairn of Ermine Way, Arrington is due to appear virtually at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court today.   

Dave Fairbairn and Gillian Taylforth are pictured together above on November 21, 2015

Fairbairn was shot at close range near a Toby Carvery car park in Enfield in July.   

The bullet missed his vital organs and was removed in surgery following the incident in Enfield, North London.  

The car park of the nearby Toby Carvery was cordoned off after the shooting in July, which is said to have taken place in the woodland next to it. 

Ms Taylforth, 64, and Fairbairn have remained close despite calling off their wedding last year. 

Ms Taylforth split from fiancé Fairbairn after six years together in late 2019 (pictured: The pair together in May 2015)

Ms Taylforth split from fiancé Fairbairn after six years together in late 2019 (pictured: The pair together in May 2015) 

Close-knit family upbringing of EastEnders star

Gillian Taylforth was brought up in north London and lived in Islington, with her extended family all as neighbours.

She has spoken in the past about her father – who worked as a printer – being strict and how he had ‘ideas on what jobs the woman of the house should do’.

Taylforth lived at home until she was 26 and worked as a secretary, as well as taking on smaller acting jobs.

It was a tight family unit and her protective father would tell her what time she had to get in at night.

Taylforth said he would team up with her brother Ronnie to chase off muggers and thugs that might have their eye on her and her sisters.

She told the Independent in 1995: ‘My Dad was old-fashioned, very Victorian, a strong person in the family.’

Ms Taylforth split from fiancé Fairbairn after six years together in late 2019 after their relationship came under strain following a ‘string of disagreements’, reports at the time claimed. 

The pair were together since 2013 and Ms Taylforth, who is best known for playing Kathy Beale in EastEnders, originally parted ways with Dave two years earlier due to ‘fiery rows’ between the pair, but later rekindled their romance. 

Ms Taylforth’s relationship with him was her first following her split from her ex-partner of 23 years Geoff Knights. 

She shares two children with Knights, who tragically died of stomach cancer, aged 58, back in 2013. 

They had a stormy relationship but she once admitted in an interview ‘It was really tough as you don’t just stop having feelings for someone’.

Before his death Knights had been accused of breaching an order which barred him from contacting her directly.

But he had been too ill to attend court after collapsing and being sent to hospital as doctors discovered his cancer.  

In 2006, Taylforth needed three stitches in her scalp after Knights beat her up in front of their son while celebrating their 20th anniversary.

He was cautioned after Taylforth refused to press charges. 

In 1994 she was also involved in a high-profile court case when she sued The Sun for libel after they ran a story claiming she and Knights had performed sexual acts on a slip road on the A1 in their Range Rover.

Taylforth claimed that Knights had suffered an acute attack of pancreatitis and she was massaging his stomach to soothe his abdominal pain.

A police officer, however, claimed that she was performing a sexual act instead.

The jury returned a 10-2 majority verdict in favour of The Sun, after which Taylforth collapsed and was taken away by an ambulance.

The car park of the nearby Toby Carvery was cordoned off after the shooting in July, which is said to have taken place in the woodland next to it

The car park of the nearby Toby Carvery was cordoned off after the shooting in July, which is said to have taken place in the woodland next to it

The actress left EastEnders in 1988 and was cast as Jackie Pascoe-Webb in ITV’s popular televised drama Footballers’ Wives. 

She played the role for all five series, which made her the only cast member to appear in every series without taking a break.

In 2006, she played the role of Mandy Searle in Jane Hall and she also has appeared as a recurring panellist on ITV’s Loose Women.  

She won a regular part in police drama The Bill playing playing Sergeant Nikki Wright in 2006 before leaving two years later. 

In January 2013, Taylforth became a housemate on the eleventh series of Celebrity Big Brother. She was the fourth person to be evicted after 15 days.


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