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EastEnders viewers are set to witness a surprise family reunion in upcoming scenes of the BBC soap. Fans recently saw Sonia Jackson (played by Natalie Cassidy) attempting to track down her long-lost father online. According to official soap spoilers, Sonia’s estranged father is set to make a big entrance to Albert Square, but could he have links with other residents in the area?

EastEnders has revealed first-look pictures of Brian Conley making his debut as Sonia’s estranged father Terry Cant.

In upcoming scenes on the soap he will be making his first appearance in Walford.

Terry will be seen emerging from the Tube station and bumping into Rainie Highway (Tanya Franks).

Could Terry already have a connection to Rainie? And is she involved in his visit to Walford?

It won’t be long before Terry will meet his long-lost daughter Sonia, who was seen not so long ago attempting to track down her dad online.

But, how will Sonia react to the surprise arrival of her father?

Viewers will have to tune in to see how Terry is introduced to Albert Square.

EastEnders is set to broadcast his debut on Tuesday May 18 at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Brian, who will be playing Terry on the soap, opened up about his casting in a recent interview on This Morning.

He said: “I’ve got some scripts and I have been reading them, I’m really chuffed with how it’s panning out and I’m really into watching the show now.

“I thought, ‘Oh, I better start getting into it’. I’m just happy to be part of such an iconic show and to get me involved in and I’ve been rehearsing in every room now,” Brian revealed.

Speaking about his joy at performing again following a period in lockdown, Brian said: “I’m ready for it.”

“But I have to say, due to what is going on in this world for the last 12 months for me, it’s a dream come true,” the actor shared.

Discussing Brian’s casting as Sonia’s dad, EastEnders’ executive producer Jon Sen said: “We are delighted to welcome Brian to Albert Square.

“We had been searching for some time but the moment we met Brian, we knew instantly we had found our man,” he revealed.

Jon continued: “Brian’s a talented performer whose charm, wit and charisma are exactly the qualities we want for Terry. We’ve got some wonderful stories in store for him and can’t wait for the audience to see Brian bring him to life,” he concluded.

Upon hearing the news that Terry will soon be meeting Sonia in Walford, fans took to Twitter to share their reactions:

One fan said: “So happy to see they are revisiting Sonia’s storyline searching for her dad. Looking forward to seeing @RealBrianConley when he arrives on the Square #EastEnders.”

“I like that they are bringing in new characters in addition to old characters. #EastEnders” another wrote.

However, some viewers have already become suspicious of the never before seen character.

On Twitter, fans discussed theories of what they think could happen when Terry arrives on EastEnders.

One fan wrote: “We were told in the 90s that Sonia’s dad was a horrible person so I don’t buy the stories he’s coming in the show for comic relief.

“It’s too coincidental that Sonia has been given power of attorney of Dots money. His story will be that he’s going to steal the lot… #Eastenders.”(sic)

EastEnders airs Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on BBC One.

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