EastEnders' Karen Taylor reaches crossroads with Billy Mitchell after Christmas surprise ends in disaster

EASTENDERS' Karen Taylor will reach a crossroads with partner Billy Mitchell during tonight's episode.

The laundrette assistant – played by Lorraine Stanley in the popular BBC One soap – is missing her daughter Chantelle Atkins, who was murdered by her husband back in September.

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With her first Christmas without her daughter fast approaching, the mum-of-six doesn't have a lot of festive spirit left in her to celebrate.

To make matters worse, Chantelle's abusive husband Gray has demanded that he is the one that spends time with his children Mackenzie and Mia on Christmas day.

Mitch Baker (Karen's ex) decided that the best thing to do for the family is to not celebrate the annual holiday this year.

But boyfriend Billy wasn't told about the plans and decided to organise a little surprise for his lover, which involved a special costume.


Tonight's episode follows the aftermath of his surprise and the laundrette assistant still isn't happy, which leads her to overthink about her relationship with the funeral director.

Karen ponders about her future and starts to wonder if Billy is the right person for her – but will she end things for good?

Things certainly aren't looking good for Billy tonight as he also walks in on ex wife Honey and foster son Jay having a smooch… how will Billy feel about his blossoming new relationship?

Watch what happens tonight (December 22) on BBC One at 7.30pm.

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