EastEnders Lorraine Stanley's has a 'heart of gold'
8 June 2017 - 9:10 AM

EastEnders Lorraine Stanley's has a 'heart of gold'

Lorraine Stanley says her "EastEnders" character Karen Taylor has a "heart of gold".

The new family in Albert Square caused a raucous this week as they were introduced to the other inhabitants of the soap, and the matriarch of the family has hailed herself as a loving "lioness" who is "not to be messed with".

Speaking about her role in the popular soap to Inside Soap magazine, the 40-year-old actress said: "She's a lioness, she smokes fags - 20 a day - and she has a heart of gold.

"She doesn't have a job, as she's got two younger sons with learning difficulties, and that takes up a lot of her time.

"She does everything for her kids - she's a strong woman who's not to be messed with. She doesn't take nothing off no one!"

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Although the family are undoubtedly going to rub people up the wrong way, Lorraine and co-star Danny Walters, 24 - who plays her on-screen son Keanu - hopes their vulnerability comes across.

Lorraine said: "Of course - that makes it more dramatic doesn't it? Come in roaring and then actually they're really nice.

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"I think that's what's gonna happen. We come in with a bang and then you break us down. Everything they do is for a reason. It's not malice - it's honest."

Danny has agreed with his on-screen parent and claims people will see something more to the newcomers.

He said: "People will throw eggs at first, but then they might see something there."

With all soaps and all new families, there is always a secret they are hiding from the rest of Albert Square and the Taylor's have teased they have dark tales of their own.

Lorraine said: "It's soap, so there's a secret! It's a good one, that's all I can say."

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