Who plays Gray Atkins in EastEnders and where have you seen him before?

EastEnders newcomers Chantelle (Jessica Plummer) and Gray Atkins are at the centre of a shocking domestic abuse storyline which kicked off earlier this month.

The dramatic development revealed that Gray is far from the perfect husband he seems to be on the surface, as he brutally attacked Chantelle after he felt humiliated upon losing a charity race in Albert Square – and then gaslighted her into believing it had been her fault.

And scenes on Friday night’s episode confirmed that it was far from an isolated incident.

While Chantelle is played by former band member Jessica Plummer, who was a member of Neon Jungle, Gray is played by actor Toby-Alexander Smith.

Here’s what you need to know about him.

Who is EastEnders actor Toby-Alexander Smith and what else has he been in?

Toby-Alexander is originally from Litchfield in Staffordshire although trained as an actor in London.

His previous credits include TV series Berlin Station, Krypton and Flack – and he also appeared in an episode of Doctors last year.

News of his casting in EastEnders was revealed earlier this year – with Gray making his debut as an alleged client at Denise and Kim’s salon, who pretended to be impressed with her work and gave her a generous tip.

His identity as her husband was unbeknown to the others at the time.

What will happen to Chantelle and Gray?

The domestic abuse storyline has been confirmed to be a long-running plot for EastEnders, who have been working with Refuge and Women’s Aid.

‘This storyline will depict how hidden from sight domestic abuse remains even today. To the unaware eye Gray appears to be a loving husband and a committed father; but his charm is a front for the power and control he exerts over Chantelle – an experience all too common to thousands of women up and down the country today,’ Toby-Alexander said.

‘Domestic abuse, in all its forms is against the law and is shrouded in secrecy. I hope that by tackling such a sensitive subject matter we can raise awareness of the importance of changing societal values so that both women and men’s rights to live free from abuse, invasion, disempowerment and intimidation are respected.’

EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays on BBC One at 8pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.

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