Considering Lorraine Stanley didn’t switch to Walford as Karen Taylor until 2017, she’s already risen through the ranks to become an absolute EastEnders icon.
Right off the bat, Karen captured the hearts of soap opera viewers when she arrived as a struggling single mother of six.
Regardless of their financial situation, Karen is a big sweet when it comes to her children and a force to be reckoned with when trying to hurt the people she loves.
This was evident when she faced the Mitchell’s after her son Keanu (Danny Walters) got Sharon pregnant after a hot affair – of course her husband Phil was very angry about it, but Karen held on.
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Famous for wearing her hair in a messy bun, a denim jacket, or her bra strap that hangs over her left arm, smoky Karen is a jewel in the bob’s crown.
But away from the screen, what do we know about TV star Lorraine Stanley?
The 44-year-old was born and raised in Portsmouth before training at London’s Arts Educational School.
She has an incredible acting career in television and film, most notably alongside idol Tom Hardy in the Kray’s Legend biopic in 2015.
However, her first acting appearance was in the movie Gangster No.1 in 2000 with her television debut two years later when she played Fran in Burning in London.
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Lorraine has since had a long list of acting credits under her belt with film roles including Kelly in London in Brighton, Monica in Made in Dagenham and Ms. Coleman in Suffragette, and many more.
In 2007, she was nominated for an ALFS Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Kelly from London to Brighton.
She also won a Women Film Critics Circle Award with the cast of Suffragette for Best Ensemble.
His other television appearances include Call the Midwife, two previous roles in EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, The Bill, Babylon and Doctors.
Lorraine family life
Lorraine lives in London with her partner Mark Perez who has been together since January 2014.
The couple have a daughter, Nancy, born in 2015.
Lorraine returned to work two months after giving birth to film her appearance on EastEnders.
While Lorraine tends to keep her private life out of the public eye, she occasionally gives her fans a glimpse into her life away from the screen with photos alongside her family and gorgeous selfies.
She recently shared a cute snap with her two sisters, Karen and Donna, on Instagram to celebrate her birthday.
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