EastEnders Sonia Fowler to be less miserable in the New Year

EastEnders: Reiss Colwell reads sympathy cards at Dot's wake

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Sonia Fowler (played by Natalie Cassidy) has been in EastEnders since she was 10 years old and has been at the heart of a number of gripping storylines. From a teenage pregnancy and the death of boyfriend Jamie Mitchell (Jack Ryder) to a cancer scare and a fake dad in Rocky Cotton (Brian Connelly). For the past couple of years, Sonia has been left exhausted by working for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic and was most recently left heartbroken thanks to the loss of her precious step-grandmother.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from EastEnders.

Earlier this month, Sonia found out the devastating news that Dot Cotton (June Brown) had died in Ireland, where she lived with her grandson Charlie Cotton (Declan Bennett).

She took charge when it came to Dot’s funeral and wake with the community rallying around her, providing the support she needed on the day.

The funeral wasn’t entirely upsetting for Sonia though as she met Dot’s great-nephew Reiss Colwell (Jonny Freeman) who she ended up sleeping with.

Reiss actually went on to stay in Albert Square for a little longer so they could spend more time together.

Sonia and Reiss promised to keep in touch following his departure and some other good news came for the nurse.

Dot had left her house in Albert Square to her step-granddaughter for all of her years of devoted love and care but, of course, Dotty Cotton (Milly Zero) was far from happy.

She threatened to burn the house down but when Rocky was able to stop her, Dotty left in the back of a taxi, leaving Sonia to have the house all to herself.

Actress Natalie Cassidy spoke to Express.co.uk and other press on how 2023 is going to be a very different year for Sonia, with Reiss partly responsible.

“Let’s be honest, Sonia’s been a bit miserable, not only miserable but she had a lot going on”, Cassidy said.

“You’ve got to remember she’s a nurse, she works really hard, she’s got Dotty on her case all the time, Dot’s not been around.

“I feel saying goodbye to Dot and having this shining beacon of light [in Reiss] come in, I feel like it’s going to be a really exciting time [for Sonia].

“I can’t give too much away but with the stuff I’ve been doing lately, I really feel you’re seeing the comedic side of Sonia come back and the light.

“And I really am enjoying that because I haven’t done it in a while and it feels really special.”

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Sonia may not have had the best time in Walford but Cassidy’s life away from the small screen is a lot more peaceful.

She resides in Hertfordshire with her two children and cameraman Marc Humphreys who she has been engaged to since 2015.

Cassidy shares daughter Eliza with her ex-boyfriend Adam Cottrell and youngest Joanie with Humphreys.

Earlier this year, Cassidy gave an insight into her family life as they celebrated Joanie’s sixth birthday.

Cassidy and Humphries organised a rainbow-themed birthday party for their daughter, as well as a magician.

Along with a few adorable snaps on Instagram, the EastEnders star wrote: “Our gorgeous Joanie had the best 6th birthday ever!

“Celebrated with nearest and dearest, she loved the whole day.

“Where does the time go? I can’t believe she is 6 and getting funnier by the minute.”

EastEnders is available to watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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