EastEnders star reveals if Rocky can be redeemed after truth is exposed

Tom ‘Rocky’ Cotton (Brian Conley) is harbouring a huge secret in EastEnders, given that he’s not actually Sonia Fowler’s (Natalie Cassidy) father.

The conman rocked up in Walford earlier this year, claiming to be Sonia’s long-lost dad Terry Cant.

Sonia, who had wanted to find Terry, was over the moon that he’d sought her out, and the duo developed a strong relationship as a result.

But all is not as it seems, given that Rocky is actually Tom Cotton, brother of the legendary villain Nick, and he’s working with Dotty (Milly Zero) in an effort to con Sonia out of Dot’s cash.

It’s clear, however, he’s having second thoughts about such a thing, given that he’s actually fallen in love with Sonia. He initially wanted to tell the truth and reveal his identity, but ultimately he’s now desperate to keep quiet.

‘The only way I can play it is if he can’t go there,’ actor Brian Conley told Metro.co.uk, explaining why Rocky simply cannot let the truth come out.

‘I think he’s backed in this corner and for his own health he cant even think about it. One day at a time, try and get through this bit then that bit… if he sat down and realised the implications of how everything was going to pan out and asked: “how are you going to get out of it?”

‘He’s not thinking about it, he can’t, otherwise its just going to escalate into him having another heart attack! It’s just terrible.’

Rocky does feature heavily in this year’s festive trips to Albert Square, but what transpires over the dinner table remains to be seen.

If he fails in his mission to keep the truth a secret, the big question is: can he be redeemed? Will Rocky embark on a redemption arc one day? Or is what he’s done simply too unforgivable?

‘It will take a long time to recover from this on all sides’, said Brian. ‘I think all the way a long he’s said – and he keeps telling Dotty – how wrong it is especially after his heart attack he says he doesn’t want to do it.

‘It’s obvious that he does care and care a lot. Once it comes to a head, you will realise how much he cares and how much he realises what a terrible thing he has done.

‘Can he come back? He probably can’t live at Sonia’s for a while, I think she’d have the right hump! And Kathy! But once again that’s great, you need that. There’s no point it being all rosy.’

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