EastEnders SPOILER: Newcomer Jessica Plummer dons smart black suit as she films emotional funeral scenes with long-lost on-screen parents
EastEnders newcomer Jessica Plummer has slotted right into the action after making her debut in March.
She has joined the cast of the BBC One soap as Chantelle Atkins, the long-lost daughter of Mitch Baker and Karen Taylor, and will join the rest of her on-screen family at the funeral of Bailey’s biological mum Dinah.
Jessica, 26 – who was a member of girl band Neon Jungle from 2013 until 2015 – was dressed to impress in a smart suit with designer accessories.
On set: EastEnders newcomer Jessica Plummer has slotted right into the action after making her debut in March
The striking actress looked like she was getting along famously with her co-stars as they chatted in between takes.
Also attending the funeral were her on-screen parents Karen (Lorraine Stanley) and Mitch (Roger Griffiths), her half-sister Bailey and her brother Keegan Baker (Zach Morris).
It has recently been revealed that Bailey’s mother Dinah was terminally ill and plans were put in place for the youngster to go and live with the Taylors.
Filming: Jessica is playing the long-lost daughter of Karen Taylor (left) and Mitch Baker (right)
In mourning: Also attending the on-screen funeral was her brother Keegan Baker (Zach Morris)
Moving storyline: Bailey (pictured with Jessica) had been acting as a full-time carer to her mum
Also spotted filming in the churchyard was Toby-Alexander Smith, who plays Chantelle’s husband Gray.
Chantelle is no wallflower and is expected to cause a stir among the locals thanks to her fiery relationship with her mother.
Jessica has joined the soap after she starred in 2017 film How To Talk To Girls At Parties starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman.
Dapper: Zach was dressed to impress in a smart grey suit as filming got underway
Tragic: Bailey’s mother Dinah has been terminally ill and plans had been put in place ahead of her death
She 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.’
The soap’s senior executive producer Kate Oates said Chantelle’s ‘picture-perfect’ life could lead to conflict in the family.
Drama: The soap’s senior executive producer Kate Oates said Chantelle’s ‘picture-perfect’ life could lead to conflict in the family
Girl band past: Jessica, 26, was a member of girl band Neon Jungle from 2013 until 2015
Glamorous: The actress was dressed to impress in a power suit with designer accessories
Excited: Jessica, who made her soap debut in March, couldn’t wait to join the show
She 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?’
Snacking: Lorraine – who plays Karen – was enjoying an apple in between takes
New arrival: Joining Albert Square at the same time, Toby-Alexander Smith has been cast as Chantelle’s husband Gray