EASTENDERS villain Gray Atkins could still be redeemed soap boss Kate Oates has revealed.
The domestic abuser – who is played by actor Toby Alexander in the BBC soap – regularly terrorises his wife Chantelle with mental and physical abuse and manipulation to keep her under his control.
Evil Gray has a lot of redeemable qualities, Kate Oates has said[/caption]
However, despite his vile actions, fans have wondered if the soap could buck the trend and show an abuser who could redeem himself after years of having professional characters as villains.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, Kate Oates hinted it could happen. She said: “I know there’s been a little bit of conversation about the fact that do Eastenders always make their be-suited educated characters villains and it’s so crucial to his character because he works in the law fighting for the little guy.
“That confuses Chantelle because he’s got a social conscience so he’s the opposite of her father who was completely flakey and couldn’t hold down a job as a guy who really does hold down a job.
“Plus the fact that he’s part of this aspirational lifestyle. Gray has got a lot of redeeming qualities.”
Kate added: “Abuse is so often about power. And he enjoys the power that he has over her.
Viewers have been horrified by his abusive behaviour[/caption]
Boss Kate Oates has said the plot will be different to Travor and Little Mo[/caption]
“And characters can change and they can be redeemed, but I believe in those kind of dynamics that ultimately the victim in this case, Chantelle, their first job is to look after themselves and if Gray could be redeemed later than that’s up to him.
“If Chantele was my friend I’d want her out of there and I’d want her to take the kids with her.”
She added: “Chantelle’s problem at the moment is that she’s telling nobody.
“Nobody has a single hint that Gray is like this. So I think in a way, not letting anybody in, anybody at all, she’s actually building higher walls around herself but that’s going to be part of the problem.”
Travor and Little Mo’s abuse story is one of EastEnders’ most famous[/caption]
Kate and executive producer Jon Sen have been keen to avoid repeating EastEnders most famous domestic abuse storylines where Little Mo killed her evil husband Trevor with a hot iron after years of abuse.
Speaking about the comparisons, Kate said: “I knew that they would come, but I think that they will be short lived because the characters are so different.
“And where the stories goes is very different and we know where it’s going to go and it’s challenging, but important.
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“I think comparisons with Little Mo in some ways are very flattering because that story was brilliant. It was incredible, it was so well performed, so brave and I can remember really vividly certain elements of that story, which shows what a great story it was as part of classic EastEnders history.
“So in some ways the comparison was flattering but I think that anyone that watches this story unfold will see something very different.”
* EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights on BBC One
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