EastEnders: Benidorm star joins soap as head of brash new family

They'll shake things up in Albert Square!

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EastEnders bosses are serving up some new blood on Albert Square – in the shape of the Taylor family.

Would you just look at the two and eight of this lot!

The clan is led by fearsome Karen, a single mum who has four children in tow: Keanu, Bernadette, Riley and Chatham.

There is a fifth child, Karen’s eldest Chantelle, who lives nearby with her two kids but will not – as yet – appear on screen.

The Taylors are completed by their dog Bronson and bearded dragon Rooney. Yep…!

Eagle-eyed TV fans may recognise Keanu – he’s played by Benidorm actor Danny Walters.

Charmer Keanu – who’s gonna be able to take him seriously with that name?! – views himself as the head of the family, man of the ‘ouse…

Danny says: “Having only been filming EastEnders for a few weeks, I feel so privileged to already feel a part of the team.

“Everyone has been so friendly and kind and gone above and beyond to make us feel welcome and supported.

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“There has been a huge buzz surrounding the new family and I am so excited to see what the future holds for The Taylors.

“Keanu is very grateful to live at Number 3 Albert Square and will try his very best not to disturb the peace in the Square.”

We’ll see how long that attitude lasts…

Actress Lorraine Stanley – who plays Karen – has previously starred in EastEnders spin-off Pat and Mo in 2004, portraying the young Mo Slater.

She also appeared in the soap as Linda Carter’s pal Thelma last year.

Lorraine reveals: “I’m chuffed to be cast in such an iconic show that I’ve grown up watching.

“Working with my new family is really quite special, and I’m proud to play their mum.”

Announcing the Taylors, the soap’s exec producer Sean O’Connor said: “I’m hugely excited at the arrival of Karen and her family in Albert Square.

“They’re noisy, brash and not to be messed with.

“Karen is a twenty-a-day lioness, bringing up her kids with no support, no money and a very loud mouth.

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“But though they may lack cash, the Taylors have love and warmth in spades.

“This summer is going to be explosive as the Taylors settle in Walford. The Square will never be quite the same again.”

We can’t wait to meet ’em!

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