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'EastEnders' Cornell S John: 'Big twists ahead in Sam plot'

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EastEnders newcomer Cornell S John has promised that there are surprises ahead involving his character Sam James.

Sam has been trying to secure a happy family life with ex-partner Ava Hartman (Clare Perkins) and their son Dexter (Khali Best) since he arrived on Albert Square in May.

Cornell S John as Sam James

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Cornell S John



Although Sam has found it relatively easy to get back in Ava's good books, Dexter has seemed reluctant to build any bridges with his estranged dad.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine today, John laughed: "I'm trying very hard, because I've got 20 years to catch up on! I think it's nice to see, on TV especially, sons and dads trying to bond.

"My character's trying to get his feet under the table at the moment, and because he has history and unfinished business, a spark has been rekindled [with Ava]."

However, asked whether viewers have seen all sides to Sam yet, he replied: "With the history of 20 years of absence, he's had to keep his cards close to his chest. He's trying to do that. There are a couple of big twists around the corner."

Ava can't resist Sam.

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Sam and Ava



The actor added that he has experienced strong reactions both for and against Sam.

He laughed: "It's kind of interesting. It's good to see a black family come together, and a son and dad trying to bond. There was a young lady the other day who was calling me for walking out on Ava, and then a gentleman who was saying, 'You've got to talk to your son better, your son's got to show respect!'

"There's a mixed bag. The public let you know how they feel, as I'm finding out!"

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