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Benidorm star Danny Walters 'so excited' about new EastEnders role

Danny will play Keanu, the eldest son of "loudmouth" single mum Karen, played by Lorraine Stanley.

Benidorm actor Danny Walters is joining the cast of EastEnders as part of a new family who will stir things up in Albert Square.

Danny will play Keanu, the eldest son of "loudmouth" single mum Karen, played by Lorraine Stanley. Keanu is described as a "charming and happy-go-lucky lad" who considers himself the man of the family and helps protect his siblings, sister Bernadette, played by newcomer Clair Norris, and younger brothers Riley and Chatham, played by real-life siblings Tom and Alfie Jacobs, wherever possible.

Speaking about joining the soap, Danny said in a statement: "Having only been filming EastEnders for a few weeks, I feel so privileged to already feel a part of the team. Everyone has been so friendly and kind and gone above and beyond to make us feel welcome and supported.

"There has been a huge buzz surrounding the new family and I am so excited to see what the future holds for The Taylors. Keanu is very grateful to live at Number 3 Albert Square and will try his very best not to disturb the peace in the Square."

The Taylor family are also bringing their two pets to Walford with them - dog Bronson and bearded dragon Rooney. Unsurprisingly, their integration into the square won't be an easy one, with the show's executive producer Sean O'Connor promising "the Square will never be quite the same again" following the new family's arrival.

"I'm hugely excited at the arrival of Karen and her family in Albert Square. They're noisy, brash and not to be messed with," Sean explained. "Karen is a twenty-a-day lioness, bringing up her kids with no support, no money and a very loud mouth. But though they may lack cash, the Taylors have love and warmth in spades... This summer is going to be explosive as the Taylors settle in Walford."

Karen also has another child, off-screen daughter Chantelle, who lives near the square with her boyfriend and two children. EastEnders bosses also teased that the family has a secret, but refused to reveal what it is.

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