Bailey Baker in EastEnders is the daughter of Mitch Baker and Dinah Wilson. She is the half-sister of Keegan Baker and the late Chantelle Atkins, and auntie to Chantelle’s children Mia and Mackenzie.
Bailey is also the unofficially adopted daughter of Karen Taylor and sibling of Karen’s other children Bernie Taylor, Keanu Taylor and Chatham and Riley Taylor.
Young actor Kara-Leah Fernandes has played Bailey since 2018. She had roles in the TV adaptation of the novel The Long Song, and sitcom Hold the Sunset, before she took on the role of Bailey.
The talented youngster even scooped the Best Young Actor award at the British Soap Awards in 2019 for her portrayal of smart, caring Bailey.
When she accepted her award, Kara-Leah said she had a disabled brother so she could relate to Bailey’s story.
Bailey Baker in EastEnders
Bailey first arrived in the Square with her dad, Mitch. He’d come to mend his ex Karen’s bathroom and brought Bailey with him, though he told everyone she was his friend’s daughter.
When Mitch accidentally revealed that Bailey was his little girl, everyone was shocked but they soon fell in love with the quirky, clever kid.
Bailey and her mum
Bailey was a carer for her mum, Dinah, who had multiple sclerosis. Dinah was distressed by how Bailey had to see her suffer terrible pain. She decided to end her own life.
Karen Taylor helped Dinah take her own life, by making sure Bailey was out of the house when her mother died.
When Bailey discovered Karen was involved she was distraught and Mitch was angry.
But they both forgave Karen when they realised she’d acted with good intentions.
Bailey on the run
When Karen lost her job in the launderette, the Taylor/Baker household began suffering terrible money problems. Little Bailey worried that she was putting extra pressure on the family’s finances and ran away.
With Bailey still missing, Mitch, Karen and the rest of the family are desperate for news about their little girl. But will they find her before someone else does?
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