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'EastEnders' confirms Sonia Fowler return

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EastEnders bosses have confirmed that Natalie Cassidy is returning to the soap as Sonia Fowler.

The actress will arrive back on screen in January as part of a "gripping" and "dramatic" storyline for the women in the Butcher household.

Natalie Cassidy as Sonia Fowler in EastEnders

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Natalie Cassidy as Sonia Fowler in EastEnders



Sonia's return will see her reunited with mum Carol (Lindsey Coulson) and half-sister Bianca (Patsy Palmer). She will also be accompanied by her teenage daughter Rebecca.

Long-term fans will remember that Sonia gave birth to Rebecca on the living room floor in 2000 when she didn't even know she was pregnant.

Cassidy commented: "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 [Treadwell-Collins] 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!"

'Daybreak' TV Programme, London, Britain - 31 Jul 2013, important of family meal times
Natalie Cassidy
31 Jul 2013

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Natalie Cassidy



Cassidy was an EastEnders regular between 1993 and 2007. She later returned for brief guest appearances in 2010 and 2011.

In her last episode on screen, Sonia revealed that she had split from husband Martin and was living in Essex.

Cassidy's return was first rumoured earlier this month but show bosses kept quiet over the reports until confirming the news today.

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