Karen Young

School Days: 2003-2007

The eldest of the Young stepsiblings, Karen is mature for her age and a studious pupil. She often despairs of Tanya and is constantly warning her not to break school rules. Karen is headstrong and uncompromising in her own way. A relationship developed with school rebel Taylor but broke down when he got sick of her nagging. With Taylor now assistant caretaker, they'll have to face each other sooner or later!

Tanya and Karen's families merged in 2001 when Mr Young married Karen's mum. The girls couldn't stand each other and Karen would often answer for her actions. However, Tanya's abduction caused the pair to bond like never before. While Tanya still causes headaches for Karen, she might begin to see her as something more than her stepmum's "baggage"...


Year 9 Tanya steals Karen's diary and broadcasts the contents around the school. Karen confronts her and a fight breaks out in the playground. Karen sets her eyes on Baz but Maddie warns her in no uncertain terms to stay away.

Year 10 Karen isn't too pleased when Taylor returns to Grange Hill but soon finds herself taking a shine to him. When Taylor is excluded she sticks up for him and tells him she wants him back at school. However, his stubbornness frustrates her.

Year 11 Karen persuades a reluctant Taylor to become a DJ on The Hill, and discovers his musical talents. Tanya's ordeal brings her and Karen closer together and Karen persuades Tanya not to hide away.

Year 12 Karen annoys Taylor with her constant fussing over his attendance. She stuns him at the end of the year by saying she wants a break from him.

Year 13 Karen introduces dance classes to Grange Hill. After an initial slow uptake they become popular and Grange Hill is entered in a local dance contest. Karen is surprised by Ross's ballroom moves and they agree to become partners. Karen reluctantly agrees to let Max partner her when Ross is injured; but Ross recovers in time for the contest. A disgruntled Max kicks Ross's leg in, leaving him unable to compete and Karen is devastated. However, Grange Hill still manages to get the runner-up prize and they will be going to Amsterdam after all.

ASSOCIATES: Maddie Gilks, Baz Wainwright, Taylor Mitchell, Ross Duncan

CURRENT WHEREABOUTS: Starting higher education.

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