Natalie Cassidy, an EastEnders icon, has revealed about her character Sonia Fowler''s sexuality, admitting that it''s "complicated."
Sonia has had relationships with men and women throughout her time on Albert Square, with series heades saying in 2017 that she was one of the rare bisexual characters in soapland.
Natalie Cassidy suggests it''s not that simple now.
Natalie reflects on Walford''s time as a favourite trumpeter and her unexpected departure from EastEnders in 2007, following Sonia''s kiss with Naomi Julien. "Sonia''s sexuality is complicated."
"People come up to me and say, ''Oh, you''re not a lesbian anymore.'' But the truth is that Sonia may no longer be a lesbian for anyone, man or woman."
Cassidy, who first arrived on the street in 1993, alongside the Jackson family, expressed her appreciation for Sonia, revealing that she is humbled by her abilities.
"Sonia" is dull. She''s bored. I like that about her. She works really hard as a nurse before she goes home, and there''s always someone who isn''t the family she''s looking after.
"At the moment, she lives alone, and I like that. She isn''t always looking for love anymore."
Sonia''s future on the soap looks to be intact, with Natalie arguing that Sonia is "part of EastEnders'' fabric."
"You have these big stars who come and go," she said, "but Sonia''s like the curtains or walls or the wallpaper. You need that for the soap opera to work."
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