Benidorm actor joins EastEnders

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Benidorm star Danny Walters winging his way to Albert Square as the head of a “noisy and brash” new family  in EastEnders.

The Taylors will burst on to the scene this summer – and they’re set to shake things up in Walford.

Single mum Karen Taylor (played by Lorraine Stanley) and her children Keanu (Danny Walters) and Bernadette (Clair Norris) will be rocking up in E20.

The family also include younger brothers Riley and Chatham – played by real life brothers Tom and Alfie Jacobs.

Bronson the dog and a bearded dragon named Rooney complete the clan.

The new cast members are excited to be joining the cast of the BBC’s iconic soap.

Danny – who played Benidorm’s Tiger Dyke – said: “I feel so privileged to already feel a part of the team.”

He added: “Everyone has been so friendly and kind and gone above and beyond to make us feel welcome and supported.”

His character, Keanu, is described by the BBC as seeing himself “as the man of the family and is protective over his siblings.”

Lorraine (who has appeared in big screen films Suffragette, with Meryl Streep, and Made in Dagenam, with Jamie Winstone) said: “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.”

Her character is described by the BBC as “a fierce woman” who is “kind-hearted and loyal” and “won’t hear a bad word said against her brood.

Lorraine is something of an EastEnders veteran having previously played a character called Thelma Bragg in 2016 – and was on-screen friends with Kellie Bright’s Linda Carter.

And before that she played a young version of Laila Morse’s Mo Harris in the 2004 spin-off Pat and Mo which explored the history of Mo and Pat Butcher.

Newcomer Clair gushed: “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.”

A further sibling will exist off screen - an older sister called Chantelle who lives in another neighbourhood with her boyfriend and two children.

The BBC also promise the Taylor family are harbouring "a secret".

EastEnders executive producer Sean O’Connor is bigging up the arrival of the new family - and promises they will bring plenty of drama.

He said in a statement: “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."

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