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Gray Atkins' sinister behaviour has horrified 伦敦东区 viewers ever since it was revealed in the summer.

However his "toxic" past and influences will be exposed in the coming months, actor Toby-Alexander Smith has told Mirror 电视.

Despite appearing to be the perfect family unit, behind closed doors Gray has been violently lashing out at his wife Chantelle.

Speaking to us on the red carpet last night, Toby-Alexander said that he found it hard to relate to his character and suggested that things will get much darker.

Gray Atkins' behaviour will continue to escalate
Actor Toby-Alexander Smith opened up about the dark storyline

He said: "It's very difficult for me to identify with the character but I have to find ways of doing that and finding that humanity in Gray because he is very layered.

"He isn't just that monster, there is a reason the way he is and it stems from a lot of toxic influence we will go on to explore.

"It's very much the Jekyll and Hyde kind of role which is great to play because of that juxtaposition of good and bad, which is great to play."

Gray has violently attacked his wife many times in the past
He even pushed her over even though she's pregnant

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Asked about Chantelle's pregnancy, he said: "For Gray, this is very much a motivation to try and reshape his values and beliefs and he knows that he needs to change now.

"It depends on his pride and whether he can lose that entitlement."

Speaking about his erupting anger over being humiliated in any situation, he said: "It basically stems from a power and control thing. He's so in control of everything in his life and he's a very aspirational man, he's got everything in place.

"The minute something slips off kilter, that's what gets him. He panics. There's a very insecure side to Gray and it's a fear of losing the things he needs around him."

*伦敦东区 airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One