New EastEnders star Lorraine Stanley reveals connection to Prince Charles

The actress reveals all about life before Albert Square


Lorraine Stanley – who arrives on EastEnders next week as no-nonsense matriarch Karen Taylor – has revealed that she used to regularly rub shoulders with the high and mighty. In between acting jobs, Walford’s newest star took on waitressing jobs that saw her serving the aristocracy. 


“Even when I’d got the part on EastEnders, I was still waitressing. I freelance waitress so I work for lots of private chefs and we go to Knightsbridge and very well-to-do houses,” she said. “I served royalty, lords and ladies. I’ve served Prince Charles, I’ve served lots of politicians – all sorts.”


Fans of the BBC1 soap, though, can expect a much less deferential debut for the show’s newest clan. Talking about the Taylors’ arrival, Stanley said it’s, “full-on, loud, messy and chaotic” before adding that Karen is likely to get on the wrong side of her neighbours:

“Karen is a friendly and loving person. But she’s also got a mouth on her, and if people don’t like her, then they don’t like her.

“I think at the beginning, the Taylors are going to generally clash with everyone. Karen is protective of her family, so if anyone’s got a bad word to say about them, they’re going to get it from her.

“It’s not that they’re going round the Square looking for trouble, but if Karen’s kids are started on, she’s in there!”


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