Natalie Cassidy is to return to EastEnders as Sonia Fowler on a full-time basis it has been confirmed.
Sonia will reappear in Walford next year in a dramatic storyline involving her mum Carol (Lindsey Coulson) and half-sister Bianca (Patsy Palmer).
Cassidy originally played the role of Sonia between 1993 and 2007 before making guest appearances in 2010 and 2011.
After seven years being out of the show, apart from the odd episode, I am extremely excited and honoured to be making a full-time return. I feel so lucky as an actress to get back to my roots. With Dominic as Executive Producer – it’s such an exciting time for the show. I cannot wait to work with Patsy and Lindsey again. Bring it on!
– Natalie Cassidy
Sonia won’t be returning alone – in tow will be Rebecca – Sonia’s daughter with Martin Fowler (James Alexandrou). Sonia had Rebecca when she was just 15 and throughout the pregnancy had not known she was expecting.
Sonia initially gave Rebecca up for adoption and decided to focus on her future with boyfriend Jamie Mitchell (Jack Ryder), however, in a cruel twist of fate Martin knocked down Jamie and killed him. Sonia eventually forgave Martin and the pair were later married.
Following the death of Rebecca’s adoptive parents and grandparents, they were reunited with their daughter and left Walford as a family in 2007.
Sonia has since made a number of visits to Walford to see her family and during her most recent appearance in 2011 informed Carol that she’d broken up with Martin and was now living in Essex.
The character will reapprear from January 2014.