EastEnders Star Natalie Cassidy Forced to Miss Filming Due to Illness


Soap Star Natalie Cassidy Falls Ill

EastEnders actress Natalie Cassidy, known for her role as Sonia Fowler, has been forced to miss filming after falling "very ill." The 40-year-old soap star has not disclosed the specifics of her illness but confirmed that she will be absent from work for several days. This has resulted in changes to the filming schedules.

A Message from Natalie

Taking to Instagram, Natalie shared a picture from her "sick bed" sofa. She revealed that she was watching an episode of the arts documentary The South Bank Show while she recuperates. Natalie expressed her dislike of being unwell and disrupting people's schedules. She acknowledged the hard work of everyone involved in the show and assured her fans that she would be back to work after a couple of days of rest.

Plans for a New Home Studio

While she rests and recovers, Natalie is already thinking about her new home studio. She asked her followers for recommendations on companies that make neon wall signs, indicating her interest in incorporating one into her studio.

Natalie Cassidy's Long-Running Role

Natalie has played the character of Sonia in EastEnders since 1993. She is reported to earn an annual salary of £150,000 for her role. During a recent appearance on ITV1's Loose Women, Natalie celebrated her 30-year anniversary on the show. Reflecting on her early days in EastEnders, she mentioned that she started when she was just 10 years old.

The Trumpet and Teen Pregnancy

Sonia, Natalie's character, was known for playing the trumpet as a child, and this storyline has recently been revisited. Natalie revealed that she was actually a decent trumpet player but was instructed to play poorly for the show. One of her favorite storylines during her career was Sonia's teen pregnancy, which she won awards for. However, Natalie expressed that she also cherishes the quieter moments on set, such as when the female characters gather in the pub or during a hen do.

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