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Natalie: I left over lesbian plot
Natalie Cassidy was unhappy with her character's lesbian storyline
Natalie Cassidy has revealed one of the reasons she quit EastEnders was because of her character's lesbian affair.
The 26-year-old actress left the soap in 2007, after playing Sonia Jackson since she was 10 years old, but told Reveal magazine she was uncomfortable with the lesbian affair her character had with her nursing colleague Naomi.
Natalie revealed: "One of the reasons I left was because of the lesbian storyline I had - I felt that is wasn't right for Sonia."
She went on: "Sometimes in soaps, people are so keen to get a shocking story that the character gets forgotten."
But the soap star - who is briefly returning to Albert Square on February 8 when Sonia is asked to be a bridesmaid at sister Bianca's wedding - said if she was to come back for good, she'd like a dramatic storyline.
Natalie said: "It would depend. I'd only do it if I had an exciting storyline. I'd hate to go back and dwindle in the background - I'd like Sonia to cause a stir!"
But the former Strictly Come Dancing contestant has enjoyed being back on set.
She revealed: "It took me a long time not to be known as Sonia and I wasn't sure if I was ready for it again. But after I did Strictly, people started to get to know me, Natalie, and I realised that it would be a great opportunity.
"Being on set was lovely. I spent 13 years of my life there so it was weird to get used to changes, but it felt like putting a pair of old slipper back on."
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