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Grace Sarah Black is the daughter of Fraser Black and Tracey Donovan, the sister of Clare Devine, the half-sister of Dee Dee Hutchinson and Adam, Liam and Jesse Donovan, and the mother of Curtis Royle.

Biography[]

1981-2013: Backstory[]

Following her mother walking out on Clare and six-year-old Grace, the sisters were raised by Fraser Black - who had also taken in an orphaned Trevor Royle. The two sisters never got along, Grace believing Fraser cared more about Clare. Whilst Grace and Trevor harboured mutual feelings, they pretended to hate each other.

2013-2014: Arrival and Fraser's death[]

Grace arrives in the village for Clare's funeral, determined to discover the truth behind her death. Upon noticing the suspicious behaviour of Mercedes McQueen, Lindsey Roscoe and Cindy Cunningham, Grace monitors them, unaware the three characters are covering up the murder of Doctor Browning (Clare's killer). When Mercedes receives Doctor Browning's life insurance money, she flaunts her wealth in the village, infuriating Grace: her hatred for Mercedes grows to the point of a planned murder.

Fraser enlists Trevor to seduce Mercedes, intending to con her out of her inheritance. When Grace is overcome with jealousy, Trevor confronts her about her temper outbursts: Grace admits her attraction to him and they have sex in the Loft office. Upon finding CCTV footage of them together, Fraser coerces Trevor into rejecting Grace, devastating her. Ray McCormick, an enemy of Fraser, kidnaps Grace and holds her for ransom. On New Year's Eve, Trevor uses Mercedes' money to free Grace, and admits his love to her.

Freddie Roscoe discovers Trevor and Grace's secret relationship, showing Fraser photographs of them together. Fraser subsequently gets Trevor put in prison, separating him from an outraged Grace. She enacts her revenge by holding his brother Joe Roscoe hostage in an empty block of flats, but as the house is hit by a wrecking ball, Grace believes herself to be responsible for Joe's 'murder'.

Learning that Fraser killed Trevor's father, Trevor is freed from prison in exchange for information on Fraser. Trevor attempts revenge, but is talked out of it by Grace, who provides an alibi - relaying the blame onto Ray. The couple reunite and go public. When Grace learns that Fraser fathered another daughter, Grace panics and takes Tegan Lomax (baby Rose's mother) on a 'walk' to the edge of a cliff, under the impression that history will repeat itself and Fraser will favour Tegan and Rose over her. Trevor stops Grace from pushing Tegan, but Fraser disowns Grace regardless.

Ray and his henchmen attack Grace at Clare's grave, leaving her for dead. Trevor plans on killing Ray, but Grace stops him, buying him the florists': telling him she supports his change of lifestyle, and choice to settle down. Their happiness is short-lived as he learns that Grace lied about Ray killing his dad, and that Fraser was to blame after all. She murders Ray as a warning to Trevor, and the couple reconcile off-screen.

In April, it is revealed that Joe is still alive as he wakes from his coma. Trevor and Grace plan to move to Thailand together, but Fraser blames Grace for Joe's attempted murder, getting her arrested. Grace reaches breaking point and conspires with Trevor and Joe to get rid of Fraser after all. The plan backfires as Grace breaks down and warns Fraser beforehand, with Sandy Roscoe hospitalised by poisonous gas meant for Fraser. Whilst Grace does intend to kill him, she finds herself unable to go through with it, and is overcome with grief when Freddie murders him instead. She tries to avenge his death by finding Fraser's killer (accusing Tegan, Ste, Joe and Freddie), but a misunderstanding causes her to blame Trevor, getting him arrested.

After Grace is found 'not guilty' for Joe's attempted murder, Freddie and Mercedes decide to kill her, but a misunderstanding leads to Grace getting shot in an ovary. It has to be removed, and as her other ovary was irreparably damaged from a past infection, she was left practically unable to conceive. When she and Trevor reunite, following his release in July, Grace confesses that she's been left infertile, and the two attempt IVF. Grace becomes pregnant, but following her kidnap by Robert 'Big Bob' Gupta, Grace miscarriages a week into the pregnancy. Esther Bloom agrees to become a surrogate for them, following Grace saving her life in a hospital lockdown. In November, Grace discovers Freddie murdered her father, and following a confrontation, he pushes Grace off the roof of The Loft.

2014-2015: Revenge on Freddie[]

To be added.

2014-2016: Final years with Trevor[]

To be added.

2016-2017: Brothers Arrival and Killing Eva[]

To be added.

2017-: Feud and sleeping with Warren Fox[]

To be added.

2017-2018: Relationship to Glenn Donovan[]

To be added.

2019-2020: Accident, shooting Mercedes and Liam's revenge[]

To be added.

2020-2021: Relationship with Felix Westwood[]

To be added.

Kill Count[]

Murders[]

  1. Ray McCormick, 21st March 2014 - Stabbed as Fraser Black had ordered Trevor Royle to kill Ray but Trevor then ordered Ray to kill Fraser after Trevor found out Fraser had killed his father to which this led Grace to kill Ray in order to protect her father, Fraser was later informed by one of his connections in the police that Ray's body had been found.
  2. Eva Falco, 17th January 2017 - Shot, after Eva shot Esther Bloom in the head, leaving her comatose.
  3. Liam Donovan, 26th March 2020 - Pushed down a flight of stairs during a siege at The Dog in the Pond.

Attempted Murders[]

  1. Mercedes McQueen, 11th December 2013 - Lured her to The Loft with Trevor Royle's phone planning to bludgeon her to death for revenge for her sister Clare Devine's death but Tegan Lomax showed up and Grace ended up attacking her by mistake.
  2. Mercedes McQueen, 16th January 2014 - Abducted Joe Roscoe in order to force his brother Freddie Roscoe to kill Mercedes by running her over, as revenge for the death of her sister Clare Devine but just as Freddie was about to go through with it he changed his mind and swerved at the last moment, resulting in him accidentally running over Jim McGinn.
  3. Joe Roscoe, 16 January 2014 - Shot in the leg by Grace and left to die in 28b Fern Street during the flat's demolishing.
  4. Jim McGinn, 24th January 2014 - Snuck into his hospital room and prepared to smother a comatose Jim with a pillow out of fear that he would wake up and tell people of her and her father's criminal activity but Jim woke up causing Grace to run away.
  5. Tegan Lomax, 6th March 2014 - Took her to the edge of a cliff prepared to push her off because she was worried Tegan's child would steal all of her father's attention but was talked out of it by Trevor Royle.
  6. Fraser Black, 17th April 2014 - Conspired with Joe Roscoe and Trevor Royle to gas Fraser in a limo arranged for him by Grace but Grace found a cake tin full of pictures of her and Clare which caused her to change her mind so she called him to warn him.
  7. Sandy Roscoe, 17th April 2014 - Grace withheld from Joe that his mother Sandy would also be with Fraser in the car as she wanted her dead because she felt Fraser picked Sandy over her but Sandy was taken to hospital and ended up surviving.
  8. Freddie Roscoe, 19th May 2015 - Prepared to shoot him as revenge for him killing her father Fraser but was talked down by Trevor.
  9. Sienna Blake, 23rd August 2016 - Prepared to shoot Sienna for her affair with Trevor Royle, but ended up shooting Liam Donovan instead.
  10. Warren Fox, 15th September 2017 - Stabbed after Warren broke up with her in favour of marrying Sienna.
  11. Ellie Nightingale, 30th January 2018 - Prepared to push her down the stairs outside of The Loft, thinking she had slept with Glenn but stopped when Cindy Cunningham admitted she was the one who had slept with Glenn.
  12. Glenn Donovan, 15th October 2018 - Ordered Jay Johnson to kill Glenn, but Jay was fatally shot by Liam Donovan.
  13. Glenn Donovan, 17th October 2018 - Spiked Glenn's drink along with the WAGs (Simone Loveday, Kim Butterfield, Maxine Minniver and Courtney Campbell).
  14. Harry Thompson, 6th June 2019 - Prepared to shoot Harry, under the belief that he had left her paralysed in a hit-and-run, but had her mind changed by Liam and Jesse Donovan.
  15. Mercedes McQueen, 6th November 2019 - Attempted to shoot Mercedes, but her shot misses. However, James Nightingale assisted Grace with firing the second shot, which struck Mercedes, who survived.
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Background Information[]

  • Actress Tamara Wall was suggested by name by Bryan Kirkwood to audition for the role of Grace, after Kirkwood saw a play starring Wall. Kirkwood had also previously cast Wall in a role in EastEnders.
  • In 2014, Channel 4 told Kirkwood to axe Grace due to her unpopularity with viewers. However, Kirkwood refused and instead opted to sit down with Wall, and discuss where to take the character.
  • Susie Amy, who went on to play Scarlett Morgan, auditioned for the role of Grace.
  • Grace was 11 years old the night that her father, Fraser Black, murdered Trevor Royle's father, Sid. This was in November 1992, meaning Grace was likely born in 1981 (from episode 3790, aired 31st January 2014).

Introduction Sequence[]

  • 2013-2014: Grace throws a drink at the camera after Fraser, who is sitting in a chair, snaps his fingers.
  • 2014-2015: Grace throws a drink at the camera (same shot with Fraser removed).
  • 2015: Grace throws a necklace at the camera with Trevor beside her.
  • 2015-2016: Grace throws wine at the camera and then poses as it trickles down the lens.
  • 2016-2019: Grace throws wine at the camera whilst in The Loft.
  • 2019-2020: Grace throws a glass of wine over Liam.
  • 2020-: Grace throws wine at the camera.

See also[]

Current Characters
Tony HutchinsonCindy CunninghamMandy RichardsonJack OsborneDarren OsborneLuke MorganZara MorganTom CunninghamNancy OsborneSte HayMercedes McQueenWarren FoxJohn Paul McQueenCharlie DeanNana McQueenElla RichardsonTheresa McQueenTrish MinniverDiane HutchinsonKathleen-Angel McQueenLiberty SavageBobby CostelloJoel DexterMaxine MinniverSienna BlakeMatthew-Jesus McQueenPeri LomaxGrace BlackCleo McQueenScott DrinkwellSally St. ClaireJames NightingaleMarnie NightingaleGoldie McQueenPrince McQueenYasmine CunninghamMisbah MaalikDamon KinsellaImran MaalikSami MaalikOliver MorganSylver McQueenDonna-Marie QuinnRomeo NightingaleBrooke HathawayMartine DeverauxJuliet NightingaleWalter DeverauxSid SumnerCeleste FaroeToby FaroeVerity HutchinsonFelix WestwoodCher McQueenRipley LennoxShaq QureshiBecky QuentinAli ShahzadNate DenbyOlivia BradshawPearl AndersonDeMarcus Westwood
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