EastEnders’ Jessica Plummer's ‘heart is bleeding’ after Chantelle’s death

EastEnders’ Jessica Plummer revealed her heart was ‘bleeding’ for onscreen counterpart Chantelle Atkins, as her domestic violence plot came to a harrowing climax.

In chilling scenes on Friday’s episode, abusive husband Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith) pushed his wife to her death after she attempted to escape.

And, taking to Instagram shortly after the instalment ended, the actress shared a snap of herself on set, holding her hand out with the hashtags #SpEEkout #EastEnders penned on her palm.

Imploring victims to speak out, Jessica wrote: ‘My heart is bleeding for Chantelle, and it bleeds for the woman that is killed every 4 days at the hands of a current or ex partner.

‘So much research went into this story line, and I am so thankful to Women’s Aid and Refuge for their support and the lifesaving work that they do.

‘I hope off the back of our collaborative work, people will speak out when maybe otherwise would have stayed silent.

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My heart is bleeding for Chantelle, and it bleeds for the woman that is killed every 4 days at the hands of a current or ex partner. So much research went into this story line, and I am so thankful to Women’s Aid and Refuge for their support and the lifesaving work that they do. I hope off the back of our collaborative work, people will speak out when maybe otherwise would have stayed silent. Or a friend or family member will check in with someone they might be worried about. What Chantelle went through is happening day in day out and as we’ve seen, can go unnoticed💔 If you or someone you know needs help please find a safe space if you’re able to and call the National Domestic Abuse helpline 0808 2000 247 or if you can't speak on the phone visit www.womensaid.org.uk or www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk for other ways to get in contact

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‘Or a friend or family member will check in with someone they might be worried about.’

‘What Chantelle went through is happening day in day out and as we’ve seen, can go unnoticed,’ she adeed.

‘If you or someone you know needs help please find a safe space if you’re able to and call the National Domestic Abuse helpline 0808 2000 247 or if you can’t speak on the phone visit www.womensaid.org.uk or www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk for other ways to get in contact.’

Viewers flocked to Twitter to praise soap bosses for how they handled the tough story, with many reeling over Chantelle’s exit.

And Jessica discussed the importance of the plot during a chat with Metro.co.uk, telling us: ‘I feel like in real life, the domestic abuse stories that happen, we don’t really hear about.

‘To be able to put it on a platform like EastEnders, where millions of people will watch it, tune in and talk about it,’ she told us.

‘And its the reality of it — maybe it’s not what the viewers want because they like the character, but this is real life. It’s a reflection of real life, and sometimes it doesn’t end nicely. 

‘[I hope it raises] Awareness that this is happening, that it’s real life. Awareness that domestic violence doesn’t always look the same, because from the outside, Chantelle and Gray do look like the perfect couple. 

‘Awareness that sometimes people don’t get out.’

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