Saturday 16 December 2017

'Full-on, loud, messy and chaotic!' - Meet the Taylors, the new family arriving on Eastenders

The Taylors arrive on Eastenders next week. PIC: BBC
The Taylors arrive on Eastenders next week. PIC: BBC
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A brand new family will arrive on Eastenders' Albert Square next week.

The Taylors are going to "clash with everyone" according to actress Lorraine Stanley who plays the matriarch Karen Taylor.

Friendly but loud-mouthed Karen will arrive on the square with her four children, having been kicked out of their estate where they had previously been neighbours of Ted and Joyce.

While their arrival will be "full-on, loud, messy and chaotic", Lorraine reckons Karen is a friendly soul.

Speaking to Digital Spy, she said, "Karen is a people person and she really tries to get to know her neighbours. She stands outside her door, having a fag and she comments on what's going on.

"She's introducing herself to all of the people that pass by, so I think she's friendly and outgoing, but whether people like her is another matter!"

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PIC: BBC Eastenders

Eagle-eyed viewers may recognise Lorraine from appearing on Eastenders before as Thelma, Linzi's mum.

Two of Karen's children have learning difficulties.  Riley and Chatham are played by brothers Tom and Alfie Jacobs and they have the same learning difficulties as their characters.

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PIC: BBC Eastenders

The family moves in to social housing in the area and Karen doesn't work - it's a full time job raising her four kids.

"Keanu is the man of the house and Karen has done really well, actually, to raise such a good son. She's a really good mum. There's a lot of unluckiness with the family. They are trying," she said.

"I think it's quite political, actually. It's the divide between the rich and the poor and the underclass that you don't see, or people sort of brush under the carpet.

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"I think that in society at the moment, that divide between rich and poor is so much wider than it's ever been. Or that's what it feels like. I think this is an example of a family where you can actually see why they're not getting on, because they keep just coming up against hurdles."

The Taylors arrive on Eastenders on Thursday June 15 at 7.30pm.

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