Gill Clark - Biography
By Gary P. Rose
Gillian Susan Clark was born on 18th April 1959 in Colchester, Essex. A former beauty contestant, she won numerous Beauty Queen titles before leaving school and joining Legs & Co. In 1976, she won Miss Rhyl Bikini Girl, Blackpool Queen of the Lights, Miss Eastbourne, Miss Blackpool, Miss New Brighton and Miss British Beauty and came second in Miss Great Britain. Considering that most successful contestants would win titles like these over a couple of years, Gill did this in one summer , aged, 17, which is quite an achievement. She had also been the runner-up in Miss New Brighton in the previous year. She didn't win Miss UK which would have led to Miss World.
She was due another two years at school but wasn't sure what she wanted to do in life. When the chance to dance with the new Legs & Co line-up came, she went for audition. Sue, Patti and Lulu were all present at the audition and, although she didn't know it at the time, Pauline and Rosie had already been chosen. Even after she had been given the job she had second thoughts about accepting it. She didn't know whether to stay on at school or not to finish her training. Her father wanted her to stay at school but her mother encouraged her to take the dancing job.
Having made her decision, she made her first Top of the Pops appearance, on 21st October 1976, dancing to the Average White Band's song "Queen of My Soul". Gill remained with Legs & Co throughout their duration on Top of the Pops. In 1980, Gill took a brief acting role when she appeared in the television series Minder, in which she played a secretary. Her last Legs & Co routine was to "The Birdie Song" by the Tweets although she did appear a couple of weeks later as a backing dancer for Altered Images' "Happy Birthday". After Top of the Pops, she continued to perform with Legs & Co in cabaret for a while but left shortly after getting married.
Gill is married to Bill, a computer expert. She moved to Australia after Bill landed a three-year job there but they have since returned to the UK. Gill now runs her own beauty therapy business. She and Bill have a grown-up daughter.