EastEnders star Reiss teases sparks with Sonia ’down the line

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EastEnders fans are going to be left teary-eyed this week as the drama will air two episodes dedicated to the funeral of Dot Cotton (played by June Brown). Granddaughter Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) was stunned when she was told Dot had died at her home with grandson Charlie Cotton (Declan Bennett) in Ireland last week, Shortly after receiving the news, Sonia got straight to work on organising a funeral fit for the iconic and unforgettable Dot.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from EastEnders.

Fans have seen Sonia speaking to the reverend about the ceremony, telling Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) the flowers that will be on the coffin and rifling through Dot’s old photographs.

She is doing everything that she can to create the perfect tribute for her grandmother, inviting some of her closest friends and family from across the world.

Some of those who will be returning to Walford, especially for the funeral include Dot’s step-granddaughter Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa), Colin Russell (Michael Cashman) and Lofty Holloway (Tom Watt).

One face Sonia didn’t recognise at the church though was Reiss Colwell (Jonny Freeman), Dot’s great-nephew.

Sonia may not have invited him personally to the occasion, she and Reiss hit it off straight away, despite his nervous disposition.

Actor Freeman teased that there will be love in the air for the pair but fans are just going to have to wait and see to find out how it all plays out.

He told Express.co.uk and other press: “He’s [Reiss] introduced to the square, there’s a spark with Sonia and I wouldn’t say he’s a human Dynamo but he’s got a good heart.

“What’s to come is to see whether he can sort of navigate his way through fairly basic social interactions to come out a winner or all alone.

“But I guess that’s going to be revealed down the line.”

Sonia hasn’t had the best time in Walford in recent years with daughter Bex Fowler (Jasmine Armfield) leaving to go travelling, her tiring job, as well as Rocky Cotton (Brian Conley) pretending to be her dad as part of a money-making scheme.

So, understandably, the exhausted nurse hasn’t exactly been very perky in EastEnders.

But actress Natalie Cassidy has explained that with Reiss being welcomed into the Albert Square fold, viewers are going to be seeing a different side to Sonia going forward.

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She said: ­­­”Reiss’ character has come in and it’s so clever what the writers and Chris [Clenshaw, executive producer] have done.

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

“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.

“And I feel saying goodbye to Dot and being very, very upset and having this little shining beacon of light come in – I feel like it’s going to be an exciting time.”

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

“I really am enjoying playing that because I haven’t done it for a while and I think it’s really special.”

But how will this potential romance play out following Dot’s funeral?

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

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