Gillian Kearney is from Liverpool, and she was born on 9 May 1972. While attending Liverpool’s Everyman Youth Theatre as a teenager, she won her first major acting role, playing Debbie McGrath in Brookside. She later gained a first-class degree from the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, Kent. And, since then, she’s appeared in a host of TV shows, including major roles in Waterfront Beat (1991), Casualty (1991-2002), Hope and Glory (2000), Shameless (2005-2007), Silent Witness (2012) and Suspects (2014). She joined the Emmerdale cast in January 2015.