Natalie Cassidy moved by EastEnders cancer storyline

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 February 2014
Natalie Cassidy as Sonia Fowler

Natalie Cassidy

Natalie Cassidy is determined to do the 'EastEnders' breast cancer storyline justice after losing her own mother to cancer in 2002

Natalie Cassidy wants to do the 'EastEnders' cancer storyline justice.

The actress has reprised her role as Sonia Fowler in the BBC One soap and is finding it challenging starring in scenes about her on-screen mother Carol Jackson being diagnosed with the faulty BRCA gene because it brings back memories of her own mum's passing in 2002.

She told OK! magazine: "It has been a really difficult storyline for me, although that report was blown slightly out of proportion. Cancer is sadly something that will touch most of us in our lives in some way, so it's really important we get this storyline right. Hopefully, we will do it justice."

The bubbly brunette - who she played from 1993 to 2007, briefly reprising the part in 2010 and again in 2011 - is loving being back on the Walford set with her old friends and joked she will never leave again.

Natalie enthused: "I love being back. It feels like I've come home. I never want to leave and now I'm with so many old friends again, such as Adam Woodyatt and Steve McFadden - I've known these guys for years."

The 30-year-old actress is especially enjoying the addition of Danny Dyer to the cast, who she says has fitted in perfectly.

Natalie added: "Danny is doing really well. For a long time there have been talks about him joining the show, but nobody knew how he would fit in. But he's come along and slotted in perfectly. He's gone down such a treat with viewers as well."

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