Sonia Fowler grows closer to Reiss as he hides huge secret in EastEnders

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LOVE has finally knocked on Sonia Fowler’s door as she’s grown closer to her new flatmate Reiss Colwell.

Unfortunately, the EastEnders character played by Jonny Freeman is hiding a massive secret from the beloved nurse.

Sonia Fowler has found love in the form of Reiss Colwell

But they encounter major issues next week

How will she celebrate her birthday?

Reiss was initially introduced ahead of Dot Branning’s funeral in 2022 as the late Walford legend’s great-nephew.

Since then, he’s formed a bond with Natalie Cassidy‘s on-screen alter ego as he moved in with her at No.25 Albert Square.

In scenes airing next week on BBC One, Sonia is getting ready to celebrate her 38th birthday and she’s over the moon when Reiss plans a big party.

Thrilled to be made to feel so special, she tells Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) that she hasn’t been cared for like this for a long time.

However, Reiss soon returns and starts talking about the party… making it clear he’ll be celebrating King Charles’ coronation, not Sonia’s birthday.

The King’s coronation is the talk of the Square next week as residents get ready to celebrate His Majesty.

Once the penny drops, Sonia gets increasingly fed up with Reiss’ coronation party planning, especially when Rocky Cotton (Brian Conley) makes a big romantic gesture for Kathy, weeks after their relationship seemed to be hitting the rocks.

Sonia opens up to Rocky, who suggests that she and Reiss need to get to know one another better.

Will Sonia finally tell Reiss that she has a birthday coming up on the Saturday?

This remains to be seen but, eventually, Rocky speaks out and clues Reiss in about why Sonia is fed up with him – prompting the new resident to go overboard to celebrate her birthday.

How will she react?

Later on, it becomes clear to Rocky that Reiss isn’t being upfront with Sonia and there’s more to him than meets the eye.

Will he tell Sonia about his shocking discovery?

EastEnders airs from Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Sonia and Reiss have been getting closer in recent months

They both live together at No.25