It’s a Sin Jill Baxter is inspired by real life Jill Nalder, but where is she now?

It’s a Sin character Jill Baxter is the heart and soul of the Channel 4 drama series.

During the five-part series, she broke her heart several times as she lost more and more of her friends to AIDS.

Jill is actually based on a real-life person named Jill Nalder and she came in as the mother of her own character in episodes four and five!

Jill Nalder portrays Christine Baxter in the C4 series.

Here’s everything you need to know about Jill, her connection to the show, and where she is now.


Jill Nalder as Christine Baxter in It’s a Sin (Credit: Channel 4)

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It’s a sin: who is Jill Baxter’s character based on?

Jill Baxter is played by Lydia West in the C4 drama series.

The character is based on Jill Nalder, a lifelong friend of It’s a Sin writer and creator Russell T Davies.

Jill lost up to 10 friends to AIDS in the 1980s, including three close friends.

Like Jill on the show, she is an actress and makes a cameo on the show as Christine Baxter, Jill Baxter’s mother.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Jill recalls how young men who contracted the virus at the time would “disappear”.

In the 1980s when Jill Nalder was studying in London, she noticed that young men were leaving and not coming back.

She says, “Boys would go home and somehow disappear. I lost three of my best friends in 18 months. “

Jill says it was a “devastating time”.

What does Jill Nalder think of It’s a Sin?

To speak to Acting Prime Minister’s Podcast On ITV, Jill revealed that it was “very emotional” to see the story on TV.

Jill can refer to her “It’s a sin” character.

She says, “The two things I am most referring to are the desperate search for information about the virus. I became like a dictionary for AIDS-related infections.

“And the hospital visits. Walk down the corridors and look into the rooms and in each one you will see people my age dying of AIDS. For the first time people with Kaposi’s sarcoma, the black spots on the skin.

“These images of the havoc AIDS is wreaking havoc on the body will stay with me forever.”

Jill hopes it’s a sin that makes people realize how much times have changed.

“It’s for her,” said Jill. “We lost for the brave boys.

“They were pioneers who fought on the front lines. And we should never forget them. “

She describes an “overwhelming” reaction to the story, which she believes is “so important because real story needs to be told”.

Jill speaks to Good Housekeeping and says, “I really think it makes a difference.

“I think people are actually talking about AIDS and they talk about it with care.”

Lydia West as Jill in It's a Sin
Lydia West as Jill in It’s a Sin (Credit: Channel 4)

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How does Jill Russell know T Davies?

Writer Russell T Davies is one of Jill’s childhood friends from Neath.

He told her that she inspired him to write the series.

“I knew Russell when we were at the West Glamorgan Youth Theater in the 1970s,” she said. “It was such a happy time.”

When she moved to London at the age of 18 to study musical theater at Mountview Academy, she and three friends lived in an apartment they called “The Pink Palace”.

“It was so exciting,” said Jill. “I was young, carefree, and studied what I love.”

What is Jill doing now?

Jill, now 60, is a gay rights activist, activist, and actress.

The actress from Neath, South Wales appears in West End musicals.

In the late 1980s, Jill helped set up a charity called West End Cares, which raised over £ 2 million in its early years.

She says, “We did cabaret nights in West End pubs and even put on full West End shows late into the night. It was a great laugh. “

Now known as Theater MAD – which stands for Make a Difference – the charity has raised approximately £ 14 million.

Jill Nalder as Christine Baxter in It's a Sin
Jill Nalder in a scene with Lydia West in It’s a Sin (Credit: Channel 4)

What does Lydia West say about Jill?

Lydia West explains that the day before the read through, Russell told her that Jill exists and is one of his good friends – and that she will play her mother!

She says, “I met Jill reading through it and it just felt so emotional to see her there. […]

“I had a few conversations with her and from her I received the absolute joy of the time, friendship and love.

“She was just so positive about all of these friends she brought into her life and the years they spent together at the Pink Palace, the times in London and the fun, and that kind of helped me set the tone understand.

“She is just amazing and adorable. The fact that I was chosen to play a character who was inspired by someone so close to Russell is just a great honor and I’m very proud of it. “


It is an episode of Sin that will air on Channel 4 on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 9 p.m.

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