EastEnders spoilers: Carol Jackson ‘returns’ with shocking family secret for Sonia Fowler

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EastEnders fans have watched Sonia Fowler (played by Natalie Cassidy) grow up on screen but very little is known about one half of her backstory. The lonely mum-of-one has struggled to cope with her daughter’s decision to leave Walford and she decided to try and track down her father in the latest instalment of the BBC soap. However, could her investigation lead to Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson) returning to deliver some devastating news? 

Carol burst onto the scene in 1993 working alongside Pauline Fowler (Wendy Richard) in the laundrette. 

She moves to the Square with her partner Alan Jackson (Howard Antony) and her four children. 

Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer), Robbie Jackson (Dean Gaffney) and Sonia all shared Alan’s surname but he was not their father. 

Carol and Alan had one child, Billie Jackson (Devon Anderson) and EastEnders fans never discovered for certain who Sonia’s father was.

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Her father is believed to be Terry Cant but Sonia has never known or met her long-lost father. 

Carol had a one-night stand with the man believed to be Sonia’s dad but the stalwart never felt the need to try and track him down.

However, she’s been feeling increasingly lonely over the last few weeks and decided it was time to find out more about her heritage. 

In recent scenes, Sonia waved goodbye to Bex Fowler (Jasmine Armfield) as her daughter embarked on a round-the-world traveling trip. 

The concerned mother wasn’t happy with Bex’s decision but Martin Fowler (James Bye) persuaded his ex-wife to let her go.

Bex and Sonia’s relationship had been strained for a while as the family discovered she had stolen money from Dot Cotton (June Brown).

The nurse stole the money to protect Martin who was being blackmailed for a hit-and-run he was involved in.

When Sonia discovered her daughter’s plans, she refused to accept them and hid her passport in a last ditch attempt to stop Bex from leaving. 

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In the end, the mother and daughter shared tearful goodbye but Bex has failed to keep her mum up-to-date on her adventures. 

Sonia was devastated when Tiffany Butcher (Maisie Smith) revealed Bex had been in contact with her and rebuffed her offer to come over for dinner. 

Tiffany made up an excuse but it was obvious she wasn’t keen on spending quality time with her auntie. 

Later, Sonia looked over Bex’s social media channels to see what her daughter has been getting up to before turning her attention to her long-lost father.


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EastEnders fans watched her type in her father’s name into a search engine as she prepared to delve into her secret past. 

However, could this storyline spark the return of Carol who could reveal some heartbreaking news if she discovered her daughter’s search. 

Sonia has never shown much interest in tracking down her father so Carol may have held back the shocking truth about her parentage to spare her daughter’s feelings.

Could Sonia’s father be dead or perhaps Carol lied and her daughter’s father is someone else entirely?

EastEnders is available on BBC iPlayer. 

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