TV: BBC announce the Atkins family are joining EastEnders.

EastEnders have announced a brand new family, the Atkins family.

The Atkins family are set to cause a stir in Walford this year when they arrive in Albert Square. Led by Chantelle, husband Gray and children Mia and Mackenzie are quick to follow.

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Chantelle, the much talked about daughter of Karen Taylor and Mitch Baker will make an instant impact on the Walford residents. Everybody wants to be Chantelle’s friend but don’t be fooled by her kind and bubbly nature, this easy-going girl next door is very much her mother’s daughter and wouldn’t think twice about sticking up for herself. Like Karen, Chantelle’s kids are her world and with a successful husband to boot, Chantelle has everything she’s ever wanted. However, it suddenly becomes clear there’s some tension between Karen and Chantelle. One thing’s for certain, Chantelle adores her siblings and is fiercely protective over them so how will she react when she realises her absent father Mitch is now a big part of all their lives?

Born and bred in London, Gray is charming, confident and very proud of everything he’s achieved. Gray was Chantelle’s ticket away from Taylor Towers all those years ago and although he works very hard as a solicitor in the City of London, he loves nothing more than coming home to his family and is the first to admit just how lucky he is.

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Jessica Plummer is set to take on the role of Chantelle and Toby-Alexander Smith will be playing Gray Atkins. Karen and Mitch are delighted to see Chantelle but will the Atkins family ruffle feathers in Walford or fit right in? Only time will tell…

Jessica Plummer is best known for her roles in feature films How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017), Wizards vs. Aliens (2013) and Reflections (2013). Jessica was also part of Neon Jungle, a four piece girl group. Speaking about joining EastEnders, Jessica said: “Just like the majority of the UK, I grew up watching EastEnders. It’s an absolute honour to be joining the cast with all my childhood favourites… Rickaaaaaaaay”.

Along with starring in Doctors (BBC), Toby-Alexander has appeared in numerous other TV shows including Krypton (Syfy), Berlin Station (Paramount) and Flack (Casm Films). On joining the cast, he added: “I’m delighted to be joining the cast of EastEnders as I’ve always been a fan. I’m looking forward to seeing what Albert Square has in store for Gray.”

Talking about the Atkins’ arrival, Kate Oates (Senior Executive Producer EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City) said: “I’m so excited to welcome Jessica and Toby to Albert Square. Chantelle is a Taylor through and through: tough, sharp and streetwise. To the rest of the Taylor family, she is definitely the one who’s ‘done good’: leaving home early, and landing on her feet marrying the handsome and successful Gray. But will Chantelle’s picture-perfect lifestyle put her and Gray into conflict with the rest of her family?”