Gray Atkins has rapidly become one of the most-hated characters on EastEnders since he joined the show in March 2019.
Upon arrival in Albert Square he seemed like perfect husband material.
But it wasn’t long before Gray showed his true colours, revealed through a horrifying domestic abuse storyline which ended in tragedy.
As last year’s disturbing plot developed, Gray began to attack and torment his wife Chantelle with increasing regularity, eventually killed her last September.
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But his reign of terror didn’t end with the distressing scene; since then he has apparently murdered both Tina Carter and Kush Kazemi, who he pushed under a tube train.
Viewers were so horrified by the whole saga that actor Toby-Alexander Smith has actually received real-life abuse for his portrayal of the despicable character.
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But poor Toby, 31, is actually ‘really lovely’ in real life, according to his girlfriend – who you may not have known is a soap star herself!
Emmerdale actress Amy Walsh and Toby made their first public appearance together as a couple in December 2020 – on the red carpet at the Dominion Theatre in London, celebrating A Christmas Carol.
Amy, 34, who plays Tracey Metcalfe in the ITV soap, first met Toby through mutual friends.
Although the pair initially kept their relationship a secret, this year they have both felt confident enough to share it on social media.
On Toby’s birthday back in March the two had another adorable exchange, with Toby re-posting Amy’s Instagram snap of him holding his birthday cake, which she had captioned: “Happy 30th Birthday, you wonderful man.”
“Thank you for making my day special,” he wrote back.
And when Toby and co-star Jessica Plummer, who played tragic Chantelle, were nominated for Must See TV Moment of the Year, she wrote on her Instagram story she could “could not be more proud.”
“He’s really lovely in real life so makes it even more deserving,” she added.
Meanwhile, after Amy recently appeared on Loose Women, Toby was also quick to praise his girlfriend in a heart-melting Instagram message.
He wrote: “Not only smashed her @loosewomen interview but is also smashing her incredibly important storyline! Proud of you @amyvwalsh.”
It was while she was on the Loose Women panel that Amy revealed some people find it hard to separate the real life Toby from his murderous character.
She said: “He’s been quite lucky but you do get a bit. It’s more online than anything else.
“But I just always say it’s because you’re so good, you’re doing a good job and that’s all that matters.”
Toby has come shown his support for real life victims of domestic abuse several times on his Instagram.
Acting isn’t his only talent, either; Toby once had a two-hour long gig singing Michael Bublé songs on Secrets From The Square.
In fact, it was just before his performance on the spin-off show that he found out he had landed a role on the main soap.
“I was in a toilet in a pub getting changed, about to do two hours of singing Michael Buble’s Christmas hits,” he previously told The Mirror.
“My phone rings and I get told that I was going to be cast in the role of Gray Atkins.
“I put the phone down and went out to an audience of about 16 drunk people, and I had this smile on my face knowing that I had the part.
“It was a very surreal evening.”
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