EastEnders' Lorraine Stanley promises cheeky Karen Taylor 'striptease' in Christmas special

EASTENDERS' Lorraine Stanley has promised a cheeky 'striptease' off of her on-screen alter-ego Karen Taylor in the upcoming Christmas special.

The laundrette assistant has recently had an extremely hard time getting over the death of her daughter Chantelle Atkins (Jessica Plummer) – so it's good to hear that she's finally letting loose again.

The 44-year-old actress, who has played the mother-of-five since 2017, recently lifted the lid on what viewers can expect to see from Karen over the festive period, and they'll definitely be a few laughs and giggles along the way.

As it will be the first Christmas spent without her daughter Chantelle, it's inevitable that times are going to be tough during this time of year.

Despite mourning for Chantelle, Karen definitely tries into the festive spirit and it looks like it could be a little more than what fans of the BBC soap were expecting to see.

In a recent chat with Inside Soap, Lorraine said: "Karen is grieving and she doesn't want anything to do with Christmas.

"Having said that, there are a few funny scenes actually. I can't give too much away, but there is a striptease – and Karen's involved!"

Viewers watched Gray manipulate Chantelle for months on end during the gripping abuse storyline, and sadly her life came to an end in September when she finally plucked up the courage to leave him.

Eastenders have also assured fans there’ll be "vengeance and betrayal" this Christmas following the aftermath of Ian Beale’s attack.

With many people on the square wanting him dead for various reasons, including the likes of Ben Mitchell, son Peter Beale or even Kat Slater, many of them will try to cover their tracks to make sure they're not done for the crime.

Meanwhile, a ghost from Denise Fox’s past – her ex and serial killer Lucas Johnson – returns to the square and she's certainly not happy about it after he held her captive in her basement and tried to frame her for his murders.

Not only that, but Linda Carter’s affair is also set to be exposed. 

An EastEnders spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: “Deck the halls with vengeance and betrayal this Christmas as the residents of Albert Square face a dark and stormy festive season once again.

“Revenge is a dish best served cold and unfortunately for Ian, it comes by the barrel load in the lead up to Christmas when he is attacked and left for dead, in The Queen Vic.

“With enemies everywhere, has the most-hated man in Albert Square finally pushed it too far? The fallout of the attack will see Walford in turmoil throughout the festive season with many residents suspicious of dealing the brutal blow and desperate to cover their tracks. 

“After a tumultuous year, secrets and lies are on the menu this Christmas for the Carters. 

“As Mick continues to battle with demons from his past, he fails to notice Linda, feeling more alone than ever, falling victim to temptation and turning elsewhere for comfort– will Linda’s dirty laundry be laid out for everyone to see? Or will Mick find the strength to open up before it’s too late?

“Across the Square, Denise is preparing for her first Christmas with Raymond but the Christmas joy is short-lived as an unexpected face from the past rattles her to her core.

“Elsewhere, new love blooms for an unlikely pairing while another couple faces new challenges as the festive season stirs up old feelings.”

In other news, earlier this week the popular BBC One soap bagged five awards – including best soap – at the Inside Soap Awards.

Chantelle Atkins star Jessica Plummer, who is currently taking part in I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, won best actress and Lorraine herself managed to win Funniest Performance.

Danny Dyer (Mick Carter) and Kellie Bright (Linda Carter) scooped the Best Partnership, and the soap also won the best Feel-Good Moment, with Walford Celebrating Pride.

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