Karen Taylor
© BBC/Jack Barnes
Portrayed by Lorraine Stanley
Introduced by Sean O'Connor
Gender Female Female
First Appearance 15th June 2017
Address 23B Albert Square
Status Alive
Occupation Laundrette Assistant (2018-)
Classification Preset; regular
RomancesMitch Baker (ex-boyfriend)
Shane (ex-boyfriend)
SonsKeanu Taylor
Keegan Baker
Chatham Taylor
Riley Taylor
DaughtersChantelle Baker
Bernadette Taylor
MotherHazel Taylor
GranddaughtersBelle Taylor
SistersKandice Taylor
Karen Taylor made her first appearance on 15 June 2017 and she is the ex wife of Mitch Baker and mother of Chantelle and Keegan Baker and Keanu, Bernadette, Chatham and Riley Taylor. She won best newcomer in the 2018 British soap awards.


At age 16 Karen gave birth to her eldest child Chantelle. Shortly after she fell pregnant again with a second daughter, although she lost the baby. She nicknamed her unborn baby Lumpty Dumpty when she lost her. Karen thought she would not have any more children but she went on to have five more children by several different fathers.


In December 2017, after Lauren and Abi Branning fell from the roof of the Queen Victoria, Karen, Sharon, Linda, Shirley and Tina can be seen in the stairwell laughing as Mick walks in. He appears angry, and asks if they heard the sirens. Mick tells them that he better make an announcement. He proclaims that there has been an accident, as the police and Keegan Baker walk in.


In January, Karen thinks she has secured a job at the laundrette, however when she turns up she is shocked to discover Masood working there. Mr. Papadopolous tells them that he will give them both a trial - whoever does the best job, gets the job.


Abi Branning | Amy Mitchell | | Ben Mitchell | Bex Fowler | Billy Mitchell | Carmel Kazemi | | Denise Fox | Dennis Rickman Jnr | Donna Yates | Dot Branning | Ian Beale | Jack Branning | Jane Beale | Janet Mitchell | Jay Mitchell | Jill Marsden | Kathy Beale | Khoroush Kazemi (Kush) | Kim Fox-Hubbard | Lady Di | Lily Branning | Linda Carter | Louise Mitchell | Martin Fowler | Matthew Mitchell-Cotton | Mick Carter | Patrick Trueman | Pearl Fox | Phil Mitchell | Ollie Carter | Ritchie Scott | Sharon Mitchell | Shirley Carter | Sonia Jackson | Stacey Branning |Tina Carter | Vincent Hubbard | Whitney Dean  | Johnny Carter | Honey Mitchell | Max Branning | Steven Beale | Lauren Branning
Helen | Jo | Marie Evans | Sarah | Shrimp | Tracey | Winston 
Characters (Selected)
Peggy Mitchell | Kat Moon | Alfie Moon | Sean Slater | Ryan Malloy | Jean Slater | Charlie Slater | Danny Pennant | Zainab Khan | Andrew Cotton | Yvonne Cotton | Glenda Mitchell | Carol Jackson | Charlie Cotton | Cindy Williams Jnr | Liam Butcher | Lola Pearce | Arthur Chubb (Fatboy) | Shabnam Kazemi | Cora Cross | Lee Carter | Babe Smith | Pam Coker | Les Coker | Claudette Hubbard | Preston Cooper
Characters (Selected)
Pat Evans | Stan Carter | Archie Mitchell | Nana Moon | Lou Beale | Tiffany Mitchell | Lucy Beale | Nick Cotton | Carl White | Bradley Branning | Pauline Fowler | Arthur Chubb (Fatboy) | Ronnie Mitchell  | Roxy Mitchell   | Sylvie Carter  | Paul Coker
Actors Danny Dyer | Shane Richie | Adam Woodyatt | Steve McFadden | Mike Reid | Thomas Law | Neil McDermott | Charlie Clements | John Bardon | John Altman | Peter Dean | Perry Fenwick
Actresses Barbara Windsor | Laurie Brett | Lacey Turner | Anita Dobson | Jacqueline Jossa | Rita Simons | Samantha Womack | Tameka Empson | Wendy Richard | Anna Karen