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

The ex-fiancé of former EastEnders star Gillian Taylforth has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with possession of a gun. 

David Fairbairn, 65, appeared in front of a magistrate today 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 appeared at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court this morning. 

He was remanded into custody after the case was sent to Cambridge Crown Court following the 15 minute hearing. The case was adjourned until January 6 2021. 

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

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

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

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)

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.’

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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 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.  

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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