Sonia to be killed off
09:30 18 April 2006
'EastEnders' bosses plan to kill off Sonia Fowler when the character exits
the soap next year.
Show chiefs have decided on the dramatic storyline since both Natalie Cassidy, who plays Sonia, and actor James Alexandrou, who portrays Sonia's estranged on-screen husband Martin Fowler, announced they were quitting the series.
One plot being considered is that the jilted greengrocer will murder his former spouse after struggling to come to terms with her new lesbian relationship.
Martin will eventually snap after discovering Sonia wants to raise their daughter Rebecca - who the student nurse originally put up for adoption - with her girlfriend Naomi Julien and murders her.
A show insider told Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "There's a feeling that neither James or Natalie will want to come back once they have left.
"We are therefore preparing a series of blockbusting alternatives for their departure and the strongest one so far is Sonia's murder.
"Martin has been left humiliated and heartbroken by what has happened to his marriage. A crime of passion is a logical progression."
An alternative storyline is that Sonia will be murdered by someone else and Martin will commit suicide in the wake of her death.
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