There are dark scenes on screen for the Taylors right now in EastEnders after the death of Dinah but Lorraine Stanley, who plays Karen, has promised Metro.co.uk that there are lighter scenes ahead for the family – and one heck of a shock for Karen fans.
When we caught up with her, she teased: ‘There’s going to be some fun surprises! Once we get through this bad path, especially for Karen, there’s going to be a shock for anyone. It’s a funny shock – I can’t wait, it’s hilarious.’
However, there is still a major aftermath of Bailey’s loss for the family to come to terms with although Lorraine admits to loving playing out the harder hitting drama among Karen’s comedy – and reckons that’s part of the character’s ongoing endurance.
She explained: ‘The great thing about Karen is she can have the comedy and the gritty drama – she can make you laugh and cry and maybe that’s why people warm to her. Doing these devastating scenes feels good as the storyline means so much to so many people out there and I just try to do it justice. I love doing all that gritty acting.
‘It’s about Bailey now, she’s left without a mum and the aftermath of that. Mitch is angry with Karen as he feels she could have stopped this from happening. Karen is full of guilt and thinks she might go to prison if something comes out in the inquest. Karen’s just left feeling utterly awful.’
However, Mitch and Karen will always have that special bond and Lorraine wouldn’t be surprised to see them back together down the line.
She mused: ‘I think they will always be on/off. They have history and chemistry and it’s not to say they don’t have a cheeky one together now and again! But yeah they could get back together down the line, I could see that – whether that would work is a different matter. It is EastEnders, so he’ll probably cheat on her again!’
Lorraine – along with co-star Zack Morris who plays Keegan – have made the shortlist in the acting categories and she is humbled to have been recognised. She smiled: ‘I’m made up; really chuffed. It’s a viewers vote so even more special. It would mean so much – it’s like I’m flying the flag for the Taylors and I hope Zack wins as well. It’s like two years worth of work and just having a nice pat on the back to say you’ve done so well.
‘The writers have written brilliantly for Karen and the Taylors and Daran Little worked so much on developing them after they were created. I think he based them on former neighbours of his actually when he wrote for them! I had to give him a special mention. I’m grateful for all of the brilliant scripts and storylines. Karen wears her heart on her sleeve – she’s a warm loving mum. She hasn’t got a lot – shes the best momma and the Square.
‘Everyone’s got a bit of Karen in them, everyone knows a Karen and you know, deep down everyone wants to be a Karen too don’t they? You just want to get that onesie on and put your hair in a bun and not bother.’
And it’s not just Lorraine and Zack repping the Taylors. Roger Griffiths and Kara-Leah Fernandes are up for Best Partnership as Mitch and Bailey and Kara-Leah’s moving and engaging performances won her a nomination for Best Young Actor.
Lorraine gushed: ‘I’m so proud. Kara-Leah is just amazing. To be so young and perform the way she does is just amazing and Roger – we just bounce off each other, it’s never been awkward and the natural chemistry has always been there, he’s a pleasure to work with. I just think we all work so well together, Julia Crampsey got the casting bang on I think.
‘For me, since I’ve been ehre, the atmosphere has been lovely. |We all get on so well. It’s nice to have scenes with people you don’t normally get to work with but it’s always been a nice atmosphere here truly. It’s a cheesy line but it really is like a family here, we all have a laugh, it’s a bit like being at school. Everyone’s in a good place. It’s the best job.’
And she has a particular soft spot for her young co-star who she agreed was way older than her nine years of age.
She said: ‘Kara-Leah is just so clever – she comes out with some really long words and I don’t even know what they mean! It makes me feel a bit thick! She’s always doing stuff like riddles and lots of things with her hands – she could be a magician, she has tricks up her sleeves. She’s never standing still that one, she’s a star in the making and those eyes – she’s just beautiful. She’s lovely, honestly.’
It remains to be seen whether the Taylors will bring home some gongs but either way, Lorraine will be celebrating another year of hard work at the Soap Awards with the rest of the cast. She laughed: ‘I’m party queen, I’m going to smash it! It’s in Manchester this year so it’s like a little holiday! It’s a different postcode so I can do what I like (laughs). I’ll take some pictures on the train, I might not even make it down the red carpet!’
You can vote for Lorraine, Zack and EastEnders by following this link to the Soap Awards website.
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