EastEnders spoilers: Clair Norris on Karen’s reaction to Bernie’s surrogacy decision

Bernie and Karen in EastEnders

How would Karen react if she discovered Bernie’s baby decision? (Picture: BBC)

Bernie Taylor (Clair Norris) made a life-changing decision several weeks ago in agreeing to become Rainie and Stuart Highway’s (Tanya Franks and Ricky Champ) baby surrogate.

The young woman, desperate to help her family out, promised Rainie she would do whatever it takes in order to make her baby dreams come true, in the hopes that she would be rewarded with the money she needs.

Rainie ultimately agreed, and in spite of some initial hesitation, the insemination went ahead two weeks ago.

Bernie, however, is so desperate, that she’s been taking diet pills, as she’s concerned about her weight.

‘She is so focused on getting pregnant, and staying pregnant,’ actress Clair Norris told Metro.co.uk, explaining why Bernie is taking the dangerous pills.

‘She had talks with the doctor, who said her miscarriage could’ve been down to her weight. She’s really taken that and thought: “Oh my gosh! How do I lose the weight quick? What do I do?”

Bernie and Tiffany in EastEnders

Tiffany offers Bernie some advice (Picture: BBC)

‘All of these things are going on, and I don’t think she’s really thinking clearly about what she’s actually putting into her body. She needs the money, she wants to give [Rainie and Stuart] a baby, so she thinks this is what she’s got to do.’

Upcoming scenes see Bernie get her hands on more diet pills, courtesy of Tiffany Butcher (Maisie Smith), but before handing them over, Tiffany insists Bernie take a pregnancy test!

‘I think she’s scared,’ explained Clair, ‘She’s scared that [the test] is going to be negative. That it’s not worked, and having to tell Rainie and Stuart that. Has she done something wrong? Is there something else wrong with her body?

‘And on the flip side, she’s scared it’s going to be positive, because that would be when the reality hits. So there are two sides, I think she wants to just stay in the moment at this moment in time, but obviously Tiff has other ideas, which gives her the push to find out.’

Viewers will just have to wait and see if Bernie is, in fact, pregnant. The question is: if she is, just how will Karen (Lorraine Stanley) react?

Karen knows absolutely nothing about what her daughter has agreed to, let alone the fact that the insemination has already taken place.

‘I think Karen would be shocked,’ Clair told us, ‘But more upset, I think. They’re a tight family, and the fact that Bernie hasn’t gone to Karen about everything as and when it’s been going on; Bernie having to find different ways, and not being open with her, I think that would upset Karen.’

One to watch: Monday July 19 at 8:05pm on BBC One.

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