EastEnders couple Gray Atkins (played by Toby Alexander Smith) and Chantelle Atkins (Jessica Plummer) arrived on the Square last year but it wasn’t long before it was revealed there was something nasty going on behind closed doors. BBC viewers have watched Gray physically and mentally abuse his wife for over a year and tonight will sadly see him kill Chantelle. Today, actor Toby spoke out on the decision to reveal the ending ahead of the episode's broadcast and the vital work he has been doing with Women’s Aid.
Gray and Chantelle appeared to be the perfect couple when they landed in Walford last spring with their two young children.
However, just weeks later seemingly charming Gray was shown physically abusing his wife, leaving fans of the soap shocked.
Since then, Chantelle and Gray have been at the centre of a long-running domestic abuse storyline which will all come to a tragic climax this evening.
Prior to the instalment airing, actor Toby spoke out to today’s Loose Women panel about the work he's been doing over the past 18 months.
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EastEnders: Gray Atkins star shares vital message before Chantelle’s tragic death (Image: ITV•BBC)
EastEnders: Gray has been abusing Chantelle on the soap for over a year (Image: BBC)
On why bosses chose to reveal the outcome of the storyline beforehand, Toby gave an important reminder to viewers.
He said: “We were coming from the angle of, 'What is going to have the biggest impact?'
“We could have left it as a surprise but it could have been a massive trigger for survivors watching it.
“I think it was the safest thing for them to do,” Toby added, going on to explain how he has been working with charity Women’s Aid throughout the storyline.
EastEnders: Toby Alexander Smith appeared on Loose Women ahead of tonight's episode (Image: ITV)
Asked whether it had been an eye-opener to do the storyline, the star said: “Massively, 18 months ago when we were given the parts… we all think we know something about domestic abuse,