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EastEnders star Lorraine Stanley on Christmas storyline for Karen Taylor

Daniel Kilkelly
·2-min read

From Digital Spy

EastEnders spoilers follow.

EastEnders star Lorraine Stanley has hinted at her character Karen Taylor's role in this year's Christmas episodes.

Karen and her family look set to face a difficult time over the festive season, as it's their first Christmas since the tragic death of Chantelle.

Lorraine has now shared that Karen will understandably be grieving over the holidays, but may still end up appearing in some comic scenes.

She told Inside Soap: "Karen is grieving and she doesn't want anything to do with Christmas.

Photo credit: Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes - BBC
Photo credit: Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes - BBC

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"Having said that, there are a few funny scenes actually. I can't give too much away, but there is a striptease – and Karen's involved!"

Chantelle was killed in September in a violent incident with her abusive husband Gray Atkins. Gray has managed to escape justice by making the tragedy look like an accident.

In recent days, EastEnders has confirmed a number of other storylines which will be airing over Christmas this year.

Photo credit: Kieron McCarron - BBC
Photo credit: Kieron McCarron - BBC

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Viewers will see the dramatic repercussions from Ian Beale's attack mystery, which begins on screen at the end of next week.

Meanwhile, Linda Carter will struggle with the troubles in her marriage to Mick and end up seeking comfort in the arms of another man.

Elsewhere, Lucas Johnson's return storyline will get under way, while love will blossom between two unlikely residents.

Another couple will also face some unexpected challenges as old feelings resurface.

EastEnders continues on Thursday (November 26) at 7.35pm on BBC One.

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