Unexpected discovery in EastEnders leads to grave danger for Chantelle tonight

Chantelle Atkins confronts her husband Gray Atkins in EastEnders

Gray discovers Chantelle's plans to leave him tonight...

EastEnders will see a huge twist in Chantelle Atkins' tragic storyline tonight when Gray discovers she is planning to divorce him.

The news that Chantelle is set to come to a tragic end next week at the hands of her abusive husband, Gray, has left fans shocked.

Chantelle Atkins and Gray Atkins in EastEnders

Chantelle Atkins is desperate to leave Gray and has been looking for a divorce lawyer (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

It has become clear that Gary's abusive ways have got worse over lockdown, leaving Chantelle (Jessica Plummer) desperate to escape Gray by any means possible.

Gray's anger takes another turn

And tonight's EastEnders will see Gray's anger escalate once again when a pop up advert appears on his laptop while he is working.

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When Gray sees the advert is for divorce lawyers, he puts two and two together and works out that Chantelle has been searching for someone online who can help her get out of her toxic marriage.

Chantelle Atkins in EastEnders

Chantelle is horrified by Gray's actions tonight (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

But of course, Gray's not going to let his discovery slide and he will use this new information against Chantelle once again.

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By Thursday's episode, Chantelle is set to be putting her escape plan into motion.

Once Gray has left for work, she starts to get ready to leave behind her life in Albert Square, determined to leave the husband who has made her life a living nightmare.

Kheerat gives Chantelle money in EastEnders

Tonight's EastEnders will see Chantelle ask Kheerat for more help (Picture: BBC)

However, fans will already know that by next week, Chantelle's plan is unravelling with tragic consequences.

Speaking of Chantelle's death, actress Jessica Plummer said: "I’ve known it wasn’t going to end well for Chantelle for a while now.

"Although it was a shock to find out her fate, far too many men and women suffer in silence so I hope that by raising awareness we can ultimately save lives.

"I am so grateful to all the team and my lovely cast members for being so supportive, I’ll miss Albert Square!"

EastEnders airs Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One - see our TV Guide for full listings 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.