Jonny Freeman joins EastEnders

Natalie Cassidy's Sonia is getting a new love interest credit:Bang Showbiz
Natalie Cassidy's Sonia is getting a new love interest credit:Bang Showbiz

Jonny Freeman has joined 'EastEnders'.

The 'Top Boy' actor will play Reiss Colwell, who heads to Albert Square for the funeral of his great-aunt, Dot Branning, and he'll quickly strike up a romance with Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy).

Jonny is "delighted" to be joining the show as "socially awkward" Reiss, and praised Natalie for her support as he's settled in to work.

The 'Silent Witness' star said: " I am delighted to be joining the cast of EastEnders, especially as part of the iconic Dot Branning’s extended family.

"Everybody has been so welcoming and I'm very lucky to have been working so closely with the lovely Natalie Cassidy who is not only a fantastic actress but a delightful person; she has very kindly helped me navigate my first few weeks.

"I hope I can do Reiss justice. He is kind but socially awkward and seeing how he manages, or doesn't manage, his early exchanges with Sonia and her nearest and dearest has been quite interesting!

"I’m looking forward to seeing how both audiences and the residents of Walford respond to him."

According to show bosses Reiss - whose grandfather's brother was Dot's father - always wanted to be closer to his extended family and upon hearing the news of the Walford legend's passing, he feels "compelled" to attend her funeral, and quickly bonds with Sonia.

Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer, said: Reiss Colwell is a somewhat studious, humble and dependable kind of guy and, like his great-aunt Dot, is incredibly kind hearted. Jonny is a wonderful addition to the EastEnders cast; it’s a joy to see him transform into Reiss when he puts on Reiss’ reading glasses and cardigan. And we’re all excited for Sonia to have a new squeeze in the Square – it’s been a while!"