EastEnders fans dont trust Reiss as newcomer finally exposed to Sonia

EastEnders fans will discover Reiss Colewell's huge secret in scenes set to air next week.

The newcomer, played by Jonny Freeman, arrived in Albert Square in December for Dot Branning's (June Brown) funeral as he was revealed to be her great-nephew.

The accountant quickly formed a bond with Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) and things blossomed into a relationship.

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But everything isn't as it seems when it comes to Reiss and Sonia is left "utterly heartbroken" when she finally discovers what he has been hiding.

Natalie, who made her first appearance as Sonia in 1993, explained: "When the news breaks and Reiss reveals his secret, I think she’s utterly heartbroken and it’s quite a difficult time for her.

"At first, she’s very angry but I think very quickly she realises there’s more to it and she eventually wants to hear him out. There’s some fantastic scenes that Jonny did during this storyline."

After Sonia learns the truth, she orders Reiss out of her life for good.

Touching upon this decision, the 39-year-old added: "When she orders him out of her life, it’s more about that moment and feeling humiliated – it’s her birthday and they were due to perform on stage in front of everybody in the Square – so everything quickly comes crashing down."

But while Sonia is confident in her decision, it's an interaction with Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold), who is suffering from a terminal brain tumour, that may play a part in changing her mind.

"I think Lola is the one, being in her heartbreaking position, that says Sonia can’t worry about what other people think and encourages Sonia to do what she wants to do," Natalie said.

The mum-of-two continued: "I think Lola plays quite a big part in Sonia’s decision because she puts life into perspective."

The Strictly Come Dancing star revealed fans have no problem voicing their distrust of Reiss and often warned her when she is out and about.

The soap star admitted: "A few people don’t think Reiss should be trusted. I often get a few people tell me when I’m in the supermarket that I shouldn’t trust him. I think they know something is going to happen."

When asked about working with Jonny, Natalie admitted she feels "very lucky" to share the screen with her co-star.

"He’s absolutely lovely. I feel very lucky to work with him – we discuss a lot of things and really work together," she gushed.

Natalie went on to say: "We’ve done a lot of comedy stuff which is a joy for me because I love comedy but we understand you need."

Next week, fans will meet Linda Carter's (Kellie Bright) mum, Elaine, played by Harriet Thorpe.

The actress, 65, admitted her new role was "a dream come true" and explained she "couldn’t ask for anything more" regarding her first few weeks on the soap.

When asked how she felt when she got the role, star added: "I felt so honoured. It’s a wonderful story of another strong woman who takes no nonsense, is fearless and forthright but who has a big heart. Again, it’s a very fulfilling role."

Sharing an insight into Elaine's character, Harriet said: "She’s funny, fearless, forthright and her phrase for her life is “life’s a mess, get on with it or get over it. Keep moving forward."

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