EastEnders fans were left crying during Thursday's episode after Lorraine Stanley's heart-wrenching performance.

Lorraine plays the role of Karen Taylor in the BBC soap and is currently having a tough time following the disappearance of Bailey Baker.

Karen and Bailey's dad Mitch were seen doing a television appeal as they urged anyone to come forward with any information about the missing 11-year-old.

After recording the appeal, Karen broke down when she realised that nasty trolls had been writing things about her and her family on the internet.

But what really tipped Karen over the edge was a hamper left on the doorstep from "friends and neighbours" in Albert Square.

EastEnders fans were left crying during Thursday's episode after Lorraine Stanley's heart-wrenching performance
EastEnders fans were left crying during Thursday's episode after Lorraine Stanley's heart-wrenching performance

Clearly feeling emotional, Karen stormed out of the house and let loose on the locals including Denise Fox.

Slamming the hamper onto the ground, she shouted: "You think this helps? A packet of biscuits and a bath bomb! You think I've got time to sit in a bath when my little girl's out there living on the streets?"

EastEnders fans were in tears as they watched the heartbreaking scenes and insisted that Lorraine should win an award.

Karen had a breakdown in public as she lashed out at the locals in the middle of the market
Karen had a breakdown in public as she lashed out at the locals in the middle of the market

One person tweeted: "An amazing and strong performance by @loustar76 tonight. #EastEnders.

Another posted: "That episode was amazing! Absolutely incredible dialogue! I’m in bloody tears again!!! #EastEnders.

A third viewer added: "#EastEnders Bailey Missing Has Karen In A Right State. I'm In A State Too. Come Home Bailey Please."

EastEnders fans urged for Lorraine to win an award for her emotional performance as Karen
EastEnders fans urged for Lorraine to win an award for her emotional performance as Karen

Another person tweeted: "@loustar76 is an exceptional actress. My heart breaks for Karen. Lorraine's delivery is warm and funny, but also devastating and raw.

"Watching tonight, all I want to do is help - that's what phenomenal, engaging acting is all about. #EastEnders @bbceastenders."

Someone else posted: "Tonight’s episode is exactly why @loustar76 deserves a Best Actress award! #EastEnders."

Later on in the episode, the police turned up after Karen took her anger out on the launderette and ended up in tears as she cried: "I just want my little girl back, I just want my baby."