Georgia Taylor

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Georgia Taylor
Born Claire Jackson
(1980-02-26) 26 February 1980 (age 37)
Wigan, Greater Manchester, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–
Television Coronation Street (1997–2003, 2016–)
Casualty (2007–2011)
Law & Order: UK (2013–2014)

Georgia Taylor (born Claire Jackson; 26 February 1980) is an English actress, best known for her roles as Toyah Battersby in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street (from 1997 to 2003), as Ruth Winters in the BBC show Casualty (from 2007-11), and as Kate Barker in Law & Order: UK (from 2013-14).

On 20 September 2016, it was announced that Taylor would return to Coronation Street after a 13-year absence, which she did at Christmas 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Taylor was born in Wigan, Greater Manchester. She attended Willpower Youth Theatre in Wigan as a teenager and with that, she got her first audition for Coronation Street as Toyah Battersby.[1] She lives in Bristol with her longtime partner, actor Mark Letheren, whom she met when they both worked on Casualty.[1][2]


In 2001, Taylor won the Best Dramatic Performance British Soap Award for playing Toyah. Since leaving Coronation Street, she has appeared in episodes of Where the Heart Is, New Street Law, Lilies, Red Cap, the BBC's The Afternoon Play series and Life on Mars.

In 2003, she appeared with Duncan Bannatyne in the Tyne Tees Television comedy pilot Girls' Club.[3] In 2004 and 2006, Taylor played a recurring role in the Golden Globe award nominated series Blackpool and its follow up Viva Blackpool for BBC One.

In May 2005, Taylor appeared in The Woman Before at the Royal Court opposite Helen Baxendale. In the same year, she received rave reviews for her role in Christmas is Miles Away at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and the Bush Theatre in London. In 2006, Taylor played Fiona in the film version of the transatlantic stage hit The History Boys. She appeared in an independent short film Soul Shutter in 2008 and also had a small role in the 2008 feature film The Bank Job. Her radio credits include Dakota of the White Flats by Phillip Ridley on BBC Radio 7.[citation needed]

Taylor joined the cast of the BBC One medical drama Casualty as series regular Ruth Winters in September 2007, in which she briefly worked with school friend Lucy Gaskell.[4]

She left Casualty in December 2011, along with co-star Ben Turner, who played her main love interest in the show.[5]

In 2013 and 2014, Taylor played Junior Crown Prosecutor Kate Barker for two series (seasons) of Law & Order: UK.

In September 2016 it was announced that Georgia Taylor will return to Coronation Street as Toyah Battersby. She resumed her role in the episode aired on 25 December 2016.[6]


Year Title Type Role Notes
1997–2003, 2016– Coronation Street TV Toyah Battersby Series Regular, 600+ Episodes
2003 Where the Heart Is TV Jodie Walters 1 Episode
2004 The Royal TV Ellen 1 Episode
2004 Blackpool TV Shyanne Holden Series Regular, 6 Episodes
2006 The History Boys Film Fiona Film Role
2006 Lilies TV Phyllis Cook 1 Episode
2007 Life on Mars TV Denise Williams 2 Episodes
2007 New Street Law TV Lorraine Granger 1 Episode
2007 Loose Women TV Herself 1 Episode, Guest
2007–2011 Casualty TV Ruth Winters Series Regular, 176 Episodes
2008 The Bank Job Film Ingrid Burton Film Role
2012 Lewis TV Honey Addams 1 Episode
2012 Love in the Afternoon Short Film Audrey Short Film Role
2013–2014 Law & Order: UK TV Kate Barker Series Regular, 14 Episodes
2013 This Morning TV Herself 1 Episode, Guest
2014 One in Five Short Film Lucy Short Film Role
2014 Street Kid World Cup TV Herself/Narrator BBC TV Series
2014 The Chase: Celebrity Special TV Herself Participant
2015 Midsomer Murders TV Bella Summersbee Episode 17.1 "The Dagger Club"


  1. ^ a b Power, Vicki (6 July 2013). "A law unto themselves". The Express newspaper. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Georgia is Taylored to perfection". (Lancashire Evening Post). 13 July 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed 29 January 2011
  4. ^ Blackburn, Jen (7 September 2007). "Corrie's Georgia in Casualty". The Sun. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (21 October 2011). "'Casualty' duo Ruth, Jay to leave show". Digital Spy. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Toyah Battersby returns to Coronation Street and her mystery man is REVEALED shocking viewers". 25 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 

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