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Georgia Taylor, the actress who stars as Toyah, was born Claire Jackson on 26th February 1980 in Billinge nr. Wigan, Lancashire. 

Georgia's Mum, Caroline is from Clontarf, Dublin and her Dad, Geoff is an accountant. She has one younger brother, David.

Her acting began early when at the age of 10 a progressive primary school teacher at her school, St. Mary's, encouraged her pupils to perform Shakespeare. Claire's role was Lady Macbeth!! 

A serious bout of pneumonia at the age of 11 gave Claire her determination to succeed.

 


Having enjoyed the acting experience, Claire continued with appearances in plays at her High School, St. Peters.

Achieving 11 GCSEs (including Drama and an A in Art) at school she moved on to Winstanley sixth form college in Wigan taking A-level Theatre Studies, English Language and Psychology.

Her first role was as a singer alongside Darren Day in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Palace Theatre Manchester. She also acted in "The Red Shoes" at the Linarce Theatre as well as attending the Willpower Youth Theatre and Summer School.

She didn't have a Battersby-like upbringing and her only rebellish behavior involved dying her fringe red and having her nose pierced!

 
Claire was turned down for the role of Zoe Tattershall on Coronation Street but landed the part of Toyah Battersby whilst still at sixth form college. "When I got the call to say I'd got the part I just sat there, open-mouthed, hugging my best friend". Having got the part Claire changed her name to Georgia Taylor*.

With only an initial 5 month contract though she was still unsure whether to abandon her university ambitions but 3 years on she is now attending university as Toyah!

The highlight of Georgia's career so far was her nomination for the Best Young Actress at the 1998 National TV Awards for her superb acting whilst being held hostage by Neil Flynn.

 
 
Georgia has now bought her own 2 bedroom flat, in Castlefield, Manchester (within walking distance of Granada Studios), and is a bit of a cleanliest freak when it comes to tidying it. She owns 2 furbies, one of which doesn't get on with Tracy Shaw's furby, and a cat called Maggie (now 2 kittens called Harry and Bo).

Georgia also admits to being a bit of a white liar teller when it comes to encouraging others! She plays the piano and has interests in football (supports Everton like her Dad), music and films.

She likes Johnny Depp, Madonna and the Simpsons but dislikes sharks. Maybe Johnny "Scissorhands" Depp could get a job at Audrey's salon. 

As Georgia turns 21 she's very much in love with  boyfriend Mark Eyden a musician from the band Marlo (now with the Jackdaws). They met by chance at a nightclub in Hanley, Stoke and with the help of Georgia's best friend, Nicole, Georgia made the move that led to their ongoing romance.

Although in love they have no current engagement plans and just want to continue to have fun. They still look back on their first meeting dancing to the strains of "The Time is Now" by Moloko.

Georgia has now taken the plunge and gone for the brunette look which of course means Toyah has become a brunette also!  

 
Georgia has faced her toughest career challenge yet having to portray the attack and rape of Toyah. Her accomplished performance was both moving and realistic and led to a British Soap Award nomination. 

On the evening on 26th May 2001 Georgia eclipsed her 1998 achievement as a nominee for best young actress by winning a British Soap award,  beating EastEnder's Natalie Cassidy, for "Most Dramatic Performance".

Congratulations Georgia you deserved it!

 

Georgia has continued the year 2001 by completing a hat-trick of awards, winning Best Actress at both the Royal Television Society and Manchester Evening News awards. She also was nominated for a prestigious National TV Award.

Christmas Day saw Georgia with her family in Yorkshire and Boxing Day with her boyfriend's Mark's family. Georgia and Mark are also planning a well-deserved holiday somewhere hot!

As the year 2001 ends Georgia is extremely happy with both her professional and personal lives. She is also very happy with the new kitchen recently installed in her flat. 

Hopefully 2002 will bring even more happiness and success. 

 
On July 30th 2002, after 5 years of playing Toyah, Georgia Taylor made the brave decision to leave Coronation Street behind and pursue acting roles elsewhere. She will film her last episodes in January 2003.

Georgia stated that "I have had the most amazing time working on Coronation Street but the time has come to move on and try my hand at other things. "I have made some wonderful friends that I know I will have for life. I will be sad to leave but I am very excited about the future."

A boss at the show's makers Granada said: "Nobody wants to see her go."

Georgia passed her driving test at the first attempt on the 12th October 2002 and she named her first car, Majorie.


Georgia filmed her final Corrie episode in mid-January 2003 which was transmitted on the 5th February 2003. 

Her colleagues organised a very special leaving present - they named a star Kitty after her on-set nickname that Angela Lonsdale (Emma Watts) gave Georgia based on Toyah's "Hello Kitty" trademark tee shirts.

Georgia is now starting her acting career afresh with a new London agent and looking for new exciting roles such as costume dramas, comedy or even theatre. 


Since finishing Corrie in January 2003, Georgia has already undertaken two new projects. The first was starring alongside former Minder actor, Dennis Waterman as a pregnant student in a "Where The Heart Is" special to be broadcast over Christmas. The second is a sit-com pilot set in Newcastle, based on the lives and loves of three young girls.

 

Early 2004 sees Georgia appearing in episodes of BBC1's military drama, Red Cap, and ITV1's sixties nursing drama, The Royal. During this spring she is filming a 6-part series for the BBC titled Blackpool. The series is a musical drama in the style of the Singing Detective and is to be screened in the Autumn.
 

Blackpool was one of the major TV hits of 2004 and it put Georgia in the acclaimed company of the likes of David Morrissey and Sarah Parish. She is fast becoming the next Sarah Lancashire.

At the end of 2004 Georgia lives in her Manchester flat with boyfriend Mark and cats Hari and Bo with Jane Danson living very close by.

A brief return to Corrie as Toyah could be on the cards for 2005.

 
May and June 2005 has seen Georgia making her professional stage debut in "The Woman Before" at the Royal Court Theatre in London's West End. Her portrayal of the young Tina in the Roland Schimmelpfennig play has received excellent reviews and could herald the start of a successful stage career.

Georgia has now landed the role of school secretary in the screen version of Alan Bennett's play "The History Boys", filming from July 2005, after being spotted by the casting director who came to see "The Woman Before".

 
November 2005 sees Georgia appearing in her first play in her adopted home city of Manchester. She plays Julie Bridges in Christmas is Miles Away at the Royal Exchange Studio. Julie is a love rival between two teenage boys in a play set in the Stone Roses period of the early nineties.

Georgia was nominated for a Manchester Evening News theatre award for Christmas Is Miles Away and after a sell out run in Manchester the play is being restaged at the Bush Theatre, London in the Spring of 2006 with the original cast.

 
Georgia began 2006 by filming a one-off special of her Shyanne Holden role for Viva Blackpool. This was immediately followed by her 2nd run of Christmas Is Miles Away.

Georgia's lead in the BBC Afternoon play, Molly, was shown in January and she has also filmed guest roles in Life on Mars and most recently, this June, in Lilies as a 1920's Olympic swimmer.

 

 
Georgia recently filmed an episode of the BBC1 legal drama, New Street Law, a short film called Soul Shutter and at the start of 2007 is filming a British crime thriller called Baker Street.

Georgia and Mark sadly split in early 2007.

Georgia has now landed the continuing role of junior doctor, Ruth Winters in BBC1's BAFTA winning medical drama, Casualty. Georgia started filming in May 2007 and her first screen appearance was on 8th September 2007.


In early February 2008 Georgia's Casualty character, Dr Ruth Winters, attempted suicide by hanging herself. Georgia's performance in these episodes deservedly won her widespread critical acclaim. As Ruth lies in a coma we have to wait and see if she recovers and returns to being a doctor.

Ruth did survive as Georgia had extended her Casualty contract up to the end of 2008.

 

Georgia's performances as the suicidal Ruth Winters earned her a richly deserved nomination for a prestigious Most Popular Newcomer title at the 2008 National Television Awards.

After renting for a year Georgia has now purchased a Victorian house in Bristol which she is renovating herself. (She also needs a cooker!). Georgia confirmed that she is definitely staying on as Dr Ruth Winters for another year.

Since moving to Bristol, Georgia has unfortunately had to re-home her two cats, Harry and Bo.

Georgia met her long term partner, actor Mark Letheren, on the Casualty set when he was playing counselor Ben Harding in 2008.


The Casualty series of 2010-11 has seen Georgia work on scenes she described as the "hardest I've ever had to do in life" as her character Ruth developed mental illness that saw her sectioned in a psychiatric unit. Georgia's performances won her universal praise from fellow actors, mental heath charities and the public.

Despite working constantly on Casualty Georgia still found time to attend the Coronation Street 50th anniversary celebrations with her long time friend Jane Danson. Georgia also generously takes time out to support the St Peter's Hospice in Bristol.

As Casualty prepares to move to Cardiff in Summer 2011, Georgia is still living in Bristol but regularly visits her family in Wigan and Manchester and is always on the M6.


 

On 20th October 2011, after over 4 years in Holby, it was officially announced that Georgia had decided to leave Casualty and not travel with the show to new studios in Cardiff, although her decision was not due to the Cardiff move but based on wanting to take on new challenges. Dr Ruth Winters will make her dramatic exit in final scenes to be shown in December. 

During the Autumn of 2011 Georgia filmed a guest appearance in the ITV series, Lewis, to be shown in Spring 2012.

 

 

Georgia is filming the lead role of Audrey in the romantic comedy short film, Love in the Afternoon, during Easter 2012 which will premiere at the BFI Cinema on London's Southbank in July.

Georgia still lives in her Victorian terrace house in the Totterdown area of Bristol with her boyfriend of 4 years, actor Mark Letheren, and their two cats Audrey and Claude.

On the 14th November 2012 it was announced that Georgia would be playing the role of crown prosecutor Kate Barker in the seventh series of ITV's  Law and Order:UK.

In October 2013 Georgia shot the short film, "One In Five" about female domestic abuse.

Georgia's time playing Kate came to end after 2 series when ITV announced in May 2014 that Law and Order:UK was being rested. Since then she has filmed a guest role in Midsomer Murders, "The Dagger Club", and voiced the "Street Kids World Cup" documentary.

On May 7th 2014 Georgia joined the world of twitter, @realgeorgiat, her first tweet being "Tentatively dipping my toe into the sea of Twitter......... nervously watching out for jellyfish...."

 
Georgia's Agents:

CONWAY VAN GELDER LIMITED

3rd Floor
8/12 Broadwick Street
London W1F 8HW

Tel: 0207 287 0077
Email: info@conwayvg.co.uk

*After getting the Corrie part Claire needed a name for her equity card. Claire Jackson was already taken so she chose her recently departed grandfather's surname, Taylor. Unfortunately Claire Taylor was also taken so it was either keep Claire or keep Taylor. She liked the idea of using her grandfather's name so she decided to choose a different first name, Georgia.

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