EastEnders: Bernie Taylor reveals she is pregnant amid Rainie and Stuart surrogate storyline
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Bernie Taylor was left shocked on Monday's episode of EastEnders as she discovered that she is pregnant.
The character, played by Clair Norris, has decided to be a surrogate for Rainie and Stuart Highway (Tanya Franks and Ricky Champ) on the BBC One soap in exchange for money.
And on Monday's episode, it saw Bernie encouraged to take a pregnancy test by her best friend Tiffany Butcher (Maisie Smith) where Rainie overheard them and decided to be present for the results.
However, in true soap style, Keegan Baker (Zack Morris) saw Tiffany buying the pregnancy test and got the wrong end of the stick, believing it was for her.
This resulted in Bernie having to tell her shocked brother the truth and he immediately told their mother Karen Taylor (Lorraine Stanley) who rushed to confront Rainie during Bernie's pregnancy test.
Karen protectively yelled: "What have you done to my daughter" as she threatened to take her outside, adding: "You can't do this!"
During the confrontation, Bernie held her pregnancy test as she started shaking her head, which led viewers to believe she wasn't pregnant, but she then added: "Two lines… I'm having their baby."
Bernie appeared stunned by the news while Rainie, Karen and Keegan were left equally shocked over the result.
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Taking to Twitter after the scenes aired, soap watchers shared their own shock over the baby bombshell.
One person said: "She's pregnant omg #Eastenders!"
A different shocked viewer put: "Omg she’s pregnant #Eastenders."
Another stunned soap watcher commented: "Bernie's pregnant omg #EastEnders."
While a different account added: "Bernie’s pregnant #EastEnders," followed by a clapping emoji.
Talking about the storyline, Clair, who plays Bernie, told Metro in a new interview: "She is pregnant, and it’s in that moment reality hits. She looks up at Rainie, and Rainie’s reaction is what confirms to her why she’s doing this.
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"Alongside the money situation, it’s also the fact that this woman standing in front of her has got everything she’s wanted by Bernie saying that she is pregnant. It’s that particular moment that she’s like: 'This is why I am doing this!'"
EastEnders continues on BBC One on Tuesday at 7:25pm and Thursday at 7:35pm.
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