EastEnders’ Chantelle Atkins will find her ‘inner Taylor’ to stand up to abusive Gray


EASTENDERS’ Chantelle Atkins will embrace her “inner Taylor” to fight back against abusive husband Gray.

The hairdresser – who is played by actress Jessica Plummer in the BBC soap – has suffered horrendously during lockdown at the hands of the lawyer and wants out.

Chantelle decides she is going to divorce Gray

She is going to come up with a plan to escape with her children and meet with a divorce lawyer – but will Gray let her go?

Actress Jessica teased on Secrets from the Square: “I think Chantelle is going to find her inner-Taylor. I think Chantelle has had her lightbulb moment. I think the penny’s dropped.”

The soap will return “with a bang” on September 7 after nearly three months off-air.

Filming – which was paused because of coronavirus restrictions – resumed in Albert Square at the end of June.

Soap bosses have now confirmed when those new episodes – filmed with cast and crew at a social distance – will air.

Gray has been abusing Chantelle for years

Executive producer Jon Sen said: “From the moment we turned the lights out in The Queen Vic our ambition was to come back with a bang and this autumn certainly does that.

“As soon as Albert Square reawakens, the drama returns at a pace.

“Although working within social distancing guidelines has certainly given us some new challenges, I am incredibly proud of what everyone has achieved.

“The show is looking fantastic and we can’t wait for ‘series two’ to begin,” he said.

The soap will air four nights a week after making its return on BBC One at 8pm on Monday September 7.

Each episode will be 20 minutes long, around 10 minutes shorter than the usual running time.

While off-air, classic episodes and a spin-off featuring Stacey Dooley have been plugging the gap.

EastEnders said that with “things returning to normal for the residents of Walford, that can only mean one thing – drama is set to follow”.

Fans will see “friendship rocked when a huge secret is revealed, tragedy for one Albert Square family, trouble brew for the Carters … new love in lockdown” and Stacey Fowler returning.

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