Lisa Fowler is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Lucy Benjamin. The character was introduced as a "home-wrecking blonde" by executive producer Matthew Robinson on 7 December 1998. Show scriptwriters and BBC controller of drama, Mal Young, doubted Benjamin's casting in the role. Lisa is characterised as "a loyal, romantic Earth Mother", "feisty and ambitious". However, after a volatile relationship with Phil Mitchell, Lisa became an "eternal victim"; the characters became instrumental in one of EastEnders most publicised and anticipated storylines, dubbed Who Shot Phil? in 2001, where an unknown assailant guns down Phil. An estimated 22 million viewers watched Lisa confess to Phil's attempted murder, causing the third-largest power surge on record. Lisa became pregnant with Phil's child although opted not to tell him and claimed that her partner, Mark Fowler, is the father. Lisa gives birth to Louise Fowler and in the show's Christmas 2001 episodes, Louise's parentage is revealed.
Benjamin was written out of the serial in 2002 by executive producer Louise Berridge and Lisa departed in October 2002. Berridge reintroduced the character on two occasions in 2003. Despite several reports stating she would return, Benjamin did not reprise the role until 2010 when Bryan Kirkwood brought the character back for a single episode on 5 August 2010; the actress reprised the role again in 2017 for a brief stint, returning on 21 July 2017 and departing on 3 August 2017. Lisa moves in with Mark Fowler. Although Mark has feelings for her, Lisa does not notice, having a fling with Gianni di Marco and a relationship with Phil Mitchell, resulting in Lisa's pregnancy. Phil asks her to have an abortion but she refuses so he asks her to move in after coming round to the idea but she miscarries and blames Phil. Lisa loses her job when Ian Beale reports her for being absent, so she becomes dependent on Phil, he is happy with the situation but she loses her confidence and becomes jealous of Phil's former wife, Kathy Mitchell and son Ben Mitchell, hiding letters and a video from them.
This irritates Phil and he has sex with Mel when she is upset, following a fight with Lisa on Christmas Day. Regretting this, Mel agrees not to tell Lisa but does when Lisa says she intends to get pregnant again. Devastated, Lisa ends her relationship with Phil and moves in with Mark but she is pregnant, she keeps this secret as Phil keeps belittling her, on Mel and Steve Owen's wedding night, Phil says that he never loved her and suggests Mel give her tips in the bedroom. In revenge, Lisa steals a gun from shoots Phil, he survives and confronts her after leaving hospital but realises that he drove her to it and frames his enemy Dan Sullivan instead. Wanting to keep Phil away from her child and Mark marry, claiming that he is the baby's father. Everyone believes it and their romance becomes real. Lisa gives birth to baby Louise, Lisa tells Sharon Watts, that Phil is Louise's father. Sharon, tells Phil that Louise is his daughter and he forces them to accept he will be part of Louise's life. Despite initial animosity, when Lisa sees Phil with Louise, old feelings resurface and they reconcile.
However, Phil wants Louise, not Lisa, when she realises and Louise emigrate to Portugal. Phil finds her and brings Louise home after blackmailing Lisa about shooting him and making her think she is unstable and an unfit mother. Phil leaves her standing on the edge of a cliff, she is presumed dead. On Phil's wedding day to Kate Morton, Lisa returns to reclaim her daughter, he is difficult, leading her to plan to shoot him again but Den Watts persuades her to let him do it. He and his son, Dennis Rickman, frame Phil for armed robbery and Lisa reclaims custody when he is imprisoned, she leaves the Square with Louise. Several years Jack Branning, a formerpoliceman, tells Phil that Lisa and Louise are living in South East London. After seeing Louise call another man "daddy", Phil decides. Two years Louise arrives alone in Walford, saying that Lisa has gone on holiday but not returned. Louise is taken into care but when Phil discovers this, he has a DNA test to prove Louise is his daughter and gains custody of her.
That year, Phil is visited by a social worker, Derek Evans, who says that Lisa has made an application to see Louise. Phil does not want Lisa to have contact with Louise, but Phil's mother Peggy Mitchell takes her to see Lisa on Louise's request. Peggy slaps Lisa for abandoning her daughter, Lisa reveals she had a breakdown and thought Louise might be better off without her, but the neighbour she left Louise with promised to look after her. Lisa worries. Peggy is unable to assure her. Peggy allows Louise to stay with Lisa permanently as long. Phil steals the social worker's bag to get Lisa's address, drives there to confront her but finds the house abandoned and empty. Seven years Louise is burnt by bullies Madison Drake and Alexandra D'Costa, Lisa visits her in hospital. Lisa and Sharon argue, she tells Sharon that Louise wanted to live with Phil when she got a new boyfriend, which she admits was a relief. Lisa tells Phil she has had help with her life and has chan
Garry Hobbs is a fictional character in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Ricky Groves. He made his first appearance on 18 September 2000, it was announced on 26 March 2009 that Groves and co-star Kara Tointon, who plays Dawn Swann, would be written out of the soap, he made his final appearance on 27 August 2009 after nearly nine years on the show. Garry comes to Walford on 18 September 2000, along with his girlfriend her family. Thinking himself a big hit with the ladies, Garry flirts with numerous women and is unwilling to settle down, he and Lynne get engaged and, on 7 December 2001, marry despite Beppe di Marco trying to stop the wedding. Beppe declares his love for Lynne but she marries Garry, he lives with the Slaters. However, Lynne has an affair with Jason James; the couple decide to try for a baby. In November 2002, Garry has a drunken one-night stand with Laura Beale and is stunned on Christmas Day when she tells him that she is expecting his baby, her husband Ian throws her out, assuming she has been unfaithful so Lynne takes pity on Laura and allows her to stay, much to Garry's horror, until Ian tells her that Garry is the father of Laura's baby.
Lynne is distraught but forgives Garry. However, the couple separate in July 2003 after Garry misses a date with Lynne to support Laura during labour. After being thrown out by the Slaters and Laura lived together, naming their son, Bobby, in honour of Garry's favourite footballer Bobby Moore; when Bobby needed a blood transfusion, Laura discovered that Ian was in fact Bobby's father as Garry's blood group was incompatible. On returning from hospital, Laura tried to get Ian interested in Bobby but when he refused to have anything to do with her or baby Bobby, she kept quiet about Bobby's paternity because she wanted him to have a father. Garry and Laura's relationship didn't last as he was still in love with Lynne and they reconciled after Garry had a fling with Lynne's sister, Belinda Peacock, in November 2003, making Lynne realise that she still loved Garry. Lynne became pregnant with his child. After Laura's death on 30 April 2004, Bobby moved in with Lynne. Lynne struggled to accept him but was relieved when Pat Evans revealed that Ian was Bobby's father after finding Bobby's birth certificate.
Garry was persuaded to give Bobby to Ian. Lynne survived but their daughter, was stillborn. Unable to forgive Garry for allowing the operation, she left Walford after Vivienne's funeral. Devastated, Garry was saved by Minty Peterson. Garry moves in with Minty and they become good friends, surviving Garry's dislike of Minty's girlfriends...and Minty's brief engagement to Hazel, - Garry's mother. Garry becomes infatuated with Dawn Swann. Dawn uses Garry's generosity on various occasions. Garry supports Dawn after the death of her fiancé, Jase Dyer, believing she has romantic feelings for him, proposes; when Dawn refuses, he storms off, terrifying the locals when his car is found at a popular suicide spot. Fearing Garry has killed himself, Dawn realises her true feelings for him and tells a crowded Queen Vic that she loves him, only for Garry to enter and overhear. Despite her initial shock and Garry begin dating becoming engaged but in July 2009, Dawn has an affair with Garry's boss, Phil Mitchell.
Minty finds out and tells Garry, who punches Phil and decides to leave Walford on his and Dawn's wedding day. He goes to a canal and boards the boat he and Minty have been keeping and as he is sailing away, Dawn arrives and runs alongside, telling him how much she loves him, he docks the boat, letting Dawn and her daughter, Summer and they sail away together. On 21 September 2010, Minty rings Garry due to him leaving Heather and asks if he can come and live with them for a while, thinking that its time to move on. Garry was introduced in 2000 as part of the new Slater family, a replacement for the di Marco family; the Slaters were said to cause ructions among the already-established characters. Garry was described as having "a roving eye". In September 2012, Inside Soap named Dawn and Gary's exit as their number 4 happy ending, "When Dawn said she'd marry Gary, we suspected it was only because of a shared obsession with having a needless double in their names, but off they chugged along the Grand Union Canal to a happy future — Garry and Dawn smiling, Summer cheerfully picking her nose.
We'd like to think. But it's a long shot." Garry Hobbs at BBC Online
Mo Harris is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, who made her first appearance on 18 September 2000, played by Laila Morse. Mo is played by Lorraine Stanley in a soap'bubble' Pat and Mo, delving into her past with Pat Evans, which aired in 2004. Mo is a comical character and her tendency for dodgy deals bring much of the show’s light entertainment. Morse's contract was not renewed in July 2012, but she was not written out of the series and continued to make occasional appearances until 21 January 2016. Mo's reintroduction was announced in December 2017. Mo, who lived in Walford, returns there after forty years away, with her son-in-law, Charlie Slater and granddaughters, Lynne Hobbs, Kat Slater, Little Mo Morgan and Zoe Slater. Mo's rivalry with her former best friend Pat Butcher arises, but they reconcile at Mo's former husband and Pat's brother, Jimmy Harris's grave. Much of Mo's time is spent selling poor quality stolen goods and she trades with Fat Elvis, she is assisted for a while sets up a sex chatline.
She works with Charlie's great-niece, Stacey Slater, on her market stall, selling clothes. She has a brief relationship with Bert Atkinson, but ends it because Bert is seeing her friend, Ina Foot, they reconcile, but break up again when Bert's ex-wife, Evie Brown, arrives in Walford, terminally ill. Mo begins selling cigarettes that she bought in Spain and two of her customers turn out to be Revenue and Customs officers, she is sentenced for tax evasion. After Stacey marries Bradley Branning, Mo tries to sell their wedding gifts. Mo sees Charlie's partner, Brenda Boyle, embracing another man at the tube station, but the man is Brenda's brother, Clive Robinson. Brenda reveals to Mo that she is moving to Madeira with her family and Mo convinces Charlie not to let her go; however and Charlie leave together, leaving Mo devastated. She begins drinking and protests against the sale of Charlie's taxi. Charlie returns to Walford with a woman called Orlenda. Orlenda leaves, after admitting she returns his money.
Mo fails to keep the children under control. In a raffle, she sells it, to Max's dismay; when Archie Mitchell is murdered, Mo starts a betting circle on. She runs when she sees a police officer, but another officer appears behind her and she asks him if he wants to place a bet, she goes on holiday to Spain with Fat Elvis and when she returns, she is surprised to discover that Bradley is dead. Mo attempts to sell Lucas Johnson's bibles as gruesome souvenirs of the killer, her insensitivity gets her thrown out of The Queen Victoria public house. Mo receives a phone call from Kat. Mo gives her the certificate. Kat admits to Mo that she needs a new identity. Kat lies to Mo, claiming that her husband, Alfie Moon, is dead. Mo persuades Kat to come home and Kat reluctantly agrees, but when they get home, men are waiting for Kat and her money. However, Alfie sends them away. Mo is shocked to learn that Kat is pregnant and Alfie is not the father; when Kat goes into labour, Mo delivers Tommy Moon, on the floor of The Vic's barrel store.
On the same day, Ronnie Branning gives birth to James Branning. On New Year's Eve, Ronnie finds that James has died and she swaps him with Tommy. Alfie and the family believe it is Tommy. After Kat blames Charlie for Tommy's death, Charlie decides to go and live with Lynne, despite Mo begging him not to go. Left living alone, Mo asks Kat if she can move into The Vic and let No. 23. Kat refuses but agrees when Mo reminds her that she never complained about living with Kat's bad habits. Mo continues with her dodgy deals, while staying at the pub, including persuading Jean Slater to serve "turkey" for pub lunches, which turns out to be swan meat; when a benefit fraud officer declares that Jean has been illegally claiming benefits while working at the pub, Mo admits to Jean and Kat that she has been claiming benefits in Jean's name. Jean agrees to take the blame; when Mo learns that her old enemy, Pat, is terminally ill, she visits her in hospital and they end their long-standing feud. When Pat dies, Mo returns Pat's Miss Butlin's sash, that she stole years ago, out of jealousy.
When Mo learns that Charlie has suffered a stroke, she leaves Walford to look after him. Several months Jean visits them and Mo returns to The Vic when she believes that Jean is hiding something from her, her suspicions are confirmed, when she discovers that Alfie is allowing Roxy Mitchell to stay in The Vic. Mo continues to disapprove of Roxy's presence in The Vic, after Alfie split up, it is revealed that Mo has rented of a villa in Devon, owned by "a mate". Mo returns to collect rent from Michael Moon and Alice Branning, she demands Alice pays by the end of the day. Kat convinces Mo to give up her keys to the house. Three months Jean discovers that Mo is stealing vegetables from the Walford allotments a
Phil Mitchell is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Steve McFadden. Phil was introduced to the soap opera on 20 February 1990, was followed by his brother, sister Sam and mother Peggy. Phil is one of the major introductions made by executive producer Michael Ferguson, who wanted to bring in some macho, male leads. Phil and his brother Grant became popularly known as the Mitchell brothers in the British media with Phil portrayed as the more level-headed of the two thugs. Storylines featuring the Mitchell family dominated the soap opera throughout the 1990s, with Phil becoming a popular and long-running male protagonist into the 2000s and the 2010s. McFadden temporarily left the series in late 2003 returned in April 2005 for a brief stint, before making a permanent return in October 2005. McFadden took a hiatus from the series at the end of Phil's liver cirrhosis storyline with the character departing on 6 February 2017, he returned on 24 July the same year. He was absent from the show from August 2018 but returned in November 2018.
Phil's most prominent storylines include his battles with addiction. In 2016, Phil was revealed to be the father of Denise Fox's baby. One of the most culturally significant storylines featuring the character aired in 2001 and was dubbed "Who Shot Phil?". The plot saw Phil shot in a whodunit mystery, with the assailant revealed as his former girlfriend Lisa Fowler; the storyline captured viewer and media interest and the culprit-reveal episode was watched by 22 million viewers. Phil and Grant arrive in Walford to open an automobile repair shop, known as The Arches. Two years Phil goes into partnership at The Queen Victoria public house with Grant and his wife Sharon Watts, moves in with them. Phil grows close to Sharon. Sharon and Phil have sex but she stays with Grant, unaware of their betrayal. Sharon and Grant's reconciliation is brief, amidst more rowing and physical violence, Grant is arrested and imprisoned. In his absence and Sharon continue their affair but when Grant is released, Sharon reconciles with him, leaving Phil heartbroken.
On the rebound, Phil enters into a marriage of convenience with Nadia Borovac, a Romanian refugee, enabling her to stay in Britain, with Nadia departing after the wedding. Phil begins a relationship with Kathy Beale, but Nadia returns, needing Phil to prove he is her husband to prevent deportation, she moves in with him. Nadia sleeps with a drunken Phil, he regrets it, denying it to Kathy so Grant threatens to kill her to make her leave but Phil bribes her into agreeing to a divorce. Kathy agrees to marry Phil in 1994, despite discovering that he torched Frank Butcher's car lot in an insurance scam, accidentally killing a homeless boy trapped inside. Intent on winning him back, Sharon kisses Phil but he ends things there. During Phil and Kathy's engagement party, Grant listens to a cassette of Sharon admitting to the affair and plays it at the party. Kathy is incensed, Grant beats Phil so badly that he has to go to hospital, due to a blood clot in his brain. Phil undergoes surgery, he pressures Phil into blaming Sharon for their affair and Grant forces her to leave Walford.
Phil and Grant make peace but things between them are not the same. Kathy and Phil sort out their differences and have a son, making Phil feel neglected and depressed so he turns to alcohol and develops an addiction; this makes him abusive and neglectful towards Kathy and Ben, so Kathy takes Ben and moves out. Realising what he has lost, Phil gives up alcohol and attends Alcoholics Anonymous, which helps reveal the basis of his problem – the physical abuse he received from his father when he was a boy, his fear that he may abuse Ben, he and Kathy reconcile when he attends counselling until he begins an affair with fellow alcoholic Lorna Cartwright, who starts stalking him. With his marriage in jeopardy, Phil takes Kathy to Paris and admits his affair with Lorna so Kathy throws her wedding ring into the river. Phil begins sleeping rough and blaming Kathy for his decline so she decides to leave Walford for South Africa, letting it be known that an offer of reconciliation from Phil would make her reconsider
Walford is a fictional borough of east London in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. It is the primary setting for the soap. EastEnders is filmed at Borehamwood towards the north-west of London. Much of the location work is filmed in nearby Watford, it has been suggested that Watford was chosen for much of the exterior scenes due to its close proximity and the town's name being so similar to Walford. Thus, any stray road signs or advertising boards which are accidentally filmed in the back of shots will appear to read Walford. Locations used in Watford include most interior and exterior church scenes of various churches, the snooker club, the County Court and Magistrates' Courts courtrooms, the cemetery; the name Walford is both a street in Dalston where one of the series' creators, Tony Holland, lived and a blend of Walthamstow, where Holland was born, Stratford. The suffix'ford' is found throughout East London, for example and Chingford]. Walford's London postcode district is E20. Walford's fictional tube station, Walford East, is located on the EastEnders tube map in the position occupied by the real Bromley-by-Bow tube station.
As part of 2010 Children In Need charity appeal, Walford became twinned with Weatherfield in a special programme uniting the two soaps EastEnders and Coronation Street called "East Street". The main setting of EastEnders is Albert Square. Central to the Square is the garden; the garden is home to Arthur Fowler's bench, placed there in memory of him. The bench is known as the'Bench of Tears', as it is the place where characters will go and cry. One corner of the square is taken up by The Queen Victoria Public House. There is a car lot; the square's design was based on Fassett Square in Dalston, was given the name Albert Square after Prince Albert. The Queen Victoria, was given its name due to this; the Queen Victoria public house, known to residents as the Queen Vic or simply'The Vic', stands south of the square at number 46 Albert Square, where it joins with Bridge Street. East of the pub is a building with 2 flats and west of these in the southwest corner leads off to a walkway through to Turpin Way, on which the Walford Community Centre and Playground are found.
To the west of the Queen Vic, across the junction with Bridge Street, is the Beale house, 45 Albert Square. Next to, 43 Albert Square. In the southwest corner of the square is number 41. Between numbers 41 and 43 is Daisy Lane, a pathway connecting Albert Square to Victoria Square. Daisy Lane was named after the daughter of Series Designer Steven Keogh. On the west edge of The Square there are two houses 18 and 20 Albert Square, which have been knocked through as a single property and later separated again, it was Walford's B&B,'Kim's Palace'. North of the old B&B is the rear of 55 Victoria Road. A row of five terraced houses line the north edge of Albert Square; the westernmost house is number 31. The property next door is split into two flats. Number 25 is the home of Dot Cotton; the easternmost property in the terrace is number 23, destroyed in September 2014 by a fire. On the northeast edge of Albert Square is a car lot, south of, another terrace of three elevated properties; the northernmost house is number 5.
A road leads to the north at the northeast edge of the square. The middle house is 3 Albert Square. Most southerly of this terrace is number 1 flats with the doctor's surgery on the ground floor, which becomes a single house. Bridge Street is the location of the street market and shops including the café, launderette and mini-supermarket; the café is named Al's Cafe and owned by Ali Osman and Sue Osman, where they operate the taxi firm OzCabs. When Ali develops a gambling addiction, he is forced to sell the café to Ian Beale, who manages it with his wife, Cindy Beale, until he sells the business to his mother, Kathy Beale. Ian buys the café back following the birth of Kathy's son, Ben Mitchell, although loses the business when he becomes bankrupt years later. Phil Mitchell employs Laura Beale, the estranged wife of Ian, to manage it, she renames the property to Laura's Café. Laura dies and Phil is falsely imprisoned so when Phil signs the café to his sister, Sam Mitchell, she naïvely sells the business back to Ian.
Ian manages the café with his wife Jane Beale until they divorce and Jane wins the business in the divorce settlement. Jane sells the café to Phil and he lets his partner, Shirley Carter, manage it, she names the property Shirley's Cafe. Phil sells the business to Ian, he renames the café to Mandy's Café; when Ian has a nervous breakdown and leaves, his daughter Lucy Beale takes control of his businesses, calling the cafe Cindy's Café. Upon his return, Ian regains ownership of the café and when she returns to Walford, Jane manages it. A few years Kathy returns and when she begins managing the café, Ian renames it to Kathy's Café. A year Ian sells the property to Weyland & Co, a property development company, which upsets Kathy. Weeks Fi Browning, a business consultant for the company, gifts the café to Kathy after discovering that her father, James Willmott-Brown raped Kathy; the launderette is owned by Mr Papadopolous until his death in 1992.
Kathy Beale is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Gillian Taylforth. Portrayed as "an attractive, bright and moral woman", Kathy is one of the serial's original characters, appearing in the first episode of EastEnders on 19 February 1985. Taylforth was dismissed for the role of Kathy due to her young age, but was reconsidered when she impressed show bosses. Kathy remained in a prominent role throughout her original stint on the serial, featuring in high-profiled storylines involving her rape at the hands of James Willmott-Brown and the discovery of a long-lost daughter, Donna Ludlow, following her rape as a teenager. In 1993, the character developed a romance with Phil Mitchell and they had a son, Ben Mitchell, who caused Kathy turmoil when he contracted a rare form of meningitis; the relationship between alcohol abuse and domestic violence was explored through Kathy and Phil in 1997, which led to their separation. Taylforth opted to leave the serial in 1997 and Kathy departed on 10 April 1998 after deciding to move to South Africa with Ben.
The character returned for two separate guest stints in 1999, making her departure on 6 January 2000. Despite reports that Taylforth would be returning to the serial, Kathy was killed off-screen in a road collision in 2006 to facilitate Ben's reintroduction to the serial. Taylforth reprised the role for a charity special in 2014. In the episode broadcast on 19 February 2015, the character made a surprise return to the serial, despite being presumed dead, it was confirmed that the character would be making a permanent return, after a guest appearance on 19 May 2015, Kathy returned on 17 August 2015. Taylforth was hesitant about her reintroduction storyline, inspired by the John Darwin disappearance. Kathy's husband, Gavin Sullivan, was introduced following her return and their abusive marriage was explored; the character had an affair with Buster Briggs. Kathy and her husband Pete Beale are financially stable. Kathy works as a barmaid in The Queen Victoria pub with her best friend, Angie Watts, whilst helping Pete on their fruit and veg stall.
Kathy feels she has put her troubled past behind her but Nick Cotton breaks into Dr Harold Legg's surgery and reads Kathy's medical records. He discovers that she gave a child, Donna Ludlow, the product of rape when Kathy was 14, up for adoption. Nick uses this to blackmail her, which forces her to tell Pete her secret and he reacts badly, she starts a knitting business. Mehmet Osman asks Kathy to knit a batch of jumpers for him. Kathy finds out from Ali Osman that she was conned when Mehmet disappears with the jumpers and money. Kathy learns that Donna, now an adult, wants to meet her but she refuses. Undeterred, Donna moves to Walford. To get closer to Kathy, Donna calls her workplace at The Samaritans and grows close to Kathy's son Ian Beale, who becomes attracted to his half-sister; when Kathy tells Donna to stay away from Ian, Donna reveals. Donna thinks Kathy will be pleased but Kathy is horrified and demands she leave Walford. Donna causes various problems for Kathy. Kathy tells Donna that she is the product of rape.
Donna spends the rest of the year in a downward spiral. James Willmott-Brown employs Kathy at The Dagmar wine bar, angering Pete, the rift worsens when it becomes clear that James is romantically interested in Kathy. After work, James invites Kathy upstairs to his flat, but when he attempts to seduce her, Kathy tries to leave. James refuses to let her leave and his attempted seduction becomes rape. James is formally charged with rape. In the aftermath, Kathy becomes depressed and isolated from Pete, who never believes she is blameless so Kathy leaves him. James tries bribing Kathy to withdraw her statement. Kathy tells the police so a listening DI tapes the conversation, she is forced to relive the rape for the trial, where a skillful barrister presents a good case for James. For a time it seems James could be acquitted, but to Kathy's relief, he is convicted and imprisoned for three years. During this time, Kathy finds unexpected support from Pete's first wife, whom she had despised and they become close friends.
Donna, whom Kathy still refuses to accept, sinks into depression and overdoses on heroin and dies, leaving Kathy wrestling with guilt. Kathy begins a relationship with market trader Laurie Bates, their relationship manages to survive the interference of Julie Cooper, who tries but fails to claim Laurie for herself. However, when Laurie begins buying Kathy extravagant clothing and jewellery, she questions his motives, thinking he's trying to make her look like his late wife, loses interest. Laurie takes her rejection badly and some tactless comments regarding her sexual abstinence makes Kathy believe he has deceived her of his true nature, she ends the relationship. In the year, Kathy begins dating Eddie Royle, he patiently pursues her, but after a few dates, she becomes hesitant and after she sees him kissing Eibhlin O'Donnell - his former girlfriend visiting from Ireland - their lukewarm romance ends. Kathy persuades The Samaritans to take her back as a volunteer, on the condition she is shadowed following her previous stint.
Disa O'Brien phones The Samaritans and t
Natalie Ann Cassidy is an English actress. She has played Sonia Fowler in EastEnders since 1993, appeared in the BBC Two sitcom-horror Psychoville and was a contestant on the seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing and the ninth series of Celebrity Big Brother; as a child, Cassidy attended the Anna Scher Theatre. She joined the cast of EastEnders in 1993. In 2006, Cassidy played a rival to Lauren Cooper in an episode of The Catherine Tate Show screened on BBC Two. On 9 April 2006, the BBC announced Cassidy's departure from EastEnders with her final scenes being screened in February 2007, she concentrated on work in the theatre, appearing in extensive UK tours of The Vagina Monologues, Bedroom Farce and Gertrude's Secret opposite Prunella Scales and a run of The Cherry Orchard at the Chichester Festival Theatre opposite Diana Rigg. Towards the end of 2007, Cassidy made headlines after losing a lot of weight, released a fitness DVD entitled Natalie Cassidy's Then and Now Workout. In 2008, she appeared in the documentary Natalie Cassidy's Diet Secrets for BBC Three.
In 2008 she appeared as a regular panellist on The Wright Stuff on Five. That year, Cassidy gained press coverage for giving up her diet and regaining considerable weight, her personal trainer stated that Cassidy had "slipped back into her old habits" and that she was "really disappointed." In 2009, Cassidy was seen in a supporting role in the BBC Two comedy TV series Psychoville, alongside Dawn French and Eileen Atkins. The first episode was aired in June 2009, she provided the voice-over for BBC Three's Underage and Pregnant. In 2009, Cassidy signed up beginning in October, her professional partner was Vincent Simone and she was voted off the competition in fifth place on 28 November 2009. Cassidy joined ex-EastEnders actor James Alexandrou and Nina Wadia to create comedy shorts for BBC Raw Words, an adult literacy website; the series of video clips about story writing included appearances from Lenny Henry and Rowland Rivron. On 25 October 2009, it was announced that Cassidy would reprise her role as Sonia in EastEnders in 2010 with her on screen family Lindsey Coulson who played Carol Jackson, Dean Gaffney who played Robbie Jackson and Devon Anderson as Billie Jackson.
The Jackson family were reunited with Patsy Palmer. Cassidy appeared in a small number of episodes between 8 and 18 February 2010. In 2010, E4 announced that Natalie Cassidy would be starring in her own reality TV show, Natalie Cassidy: Becoming Mum. On 17 December 2010, it was announced that Cassidy would reprise her EastEnders role in 2011 for a single episode. On 5 January 2012, Cassidy became the fifth evictee. In 2012, comedy show Very Important People on Channel 4, featured a spoof reality show segment entitled "Natalie Cassidy Is Doing This Now", which shows its subject engaged in various menial and humorous situations, for example hosing out bins, sorting through old pens, taking her spare change to Coinstar. On 9 April 2012, Cassidy announced that she would become a regular on Loose Women, though as of February 2016, she has never made regular appearances. Prior to returning to EastEnders, Cassidy was the host of The Health Lottery. Since 2014, Cassidy has been in a relationship with cameraman Marc Humphreys.
In October 2015, it was announced that the couple were engaged and a few months on 13 February 2016, Cassidy revealed she was pregnant with her second child. She gave birth to a daughter in August 2016. In January 2019 it was announced that she would be running the London Marathon with some of her EastEnders co-stars for a Dementia campaign in honour of Barbara Windsor. Natalie Cassidy on IMDb Natalie Cassidy on Twitter