EastEnders have confirmed Sonia Fowler’s daughter Rebecca will be with her when she returns to Walford.
It has been announced by soap bosses that actress Jasmine Armfield has been cast as Sonia’s 13-year-old daughter, the child she had following a one-night stand with Martin Fowler, who went on to become her husband.
Natalie Cassidy is set to return as Sonia to Albert Square in the new year after splitting from Martin, who was played by Jame Alexandrou.
Rebecca Fowler is described as a well-behaved teenager, but also has a determined streak and a reputation as ‘a little fighter’.
A statement from EastEnders revealed: “A bright child who is passionate about music, Rebecca can play the guitar beautifully, but is not someone who would blow her own trumpet.
“She wants to do well in life and make her parents proud, but it’s this determination that will be the making or undoing of her.”
Sonia gave birth to Rebecca in 2000 on the living room floor when she didn’t even know she was pregnant.
Natalie played Sonia for 14 years until 2007 and has since made several guest appearances. But it was announced in October she is to return full time.
The actress said: “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.”