EastEnders: the Taylor family moves in – see the first-look pictures

The new Walford clan make their debut later this month

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The residents of Albert Square will get a rude awakening later this month when the Taylor family arrives at the new home.

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EastEnders fans should pencil in Thursday 15 June as the date when the new clan takes ownership, and as these new pictures released by the BBC highlight, it’s set to be chaotic, in-your-face debut.

Lorraine Stanley, who plays matriarch Karen, said of her new role: “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.”

Former Benidorm star Danny Walters, who plays Karen’s son Keanu, added: “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. 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 23 Albert Square and will try his very best not to disturb the peace in the Square.”

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Clair Norris – daughter Bernadette – commented: “I’m so excited to go on a journey with my character Bernadette, and to be a part of the Taylor family. I never in a million years thought my first TV role would be in EastEnders.

“It’s surreal but I’m ever so grateful to be given the opportunity and I can’t wait to see the audience’s reaction to us.” 

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Speaking about his new creations, executive 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. 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…’

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You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.

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