EastEnders fans go wild as TWO more soap icons make an unexpected return

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EastEnders had a few surprises up their sleeves for Dot Cotton's funeral. (Image credit: BBC)

Not only were EastEnders fans in meltdown over Keanu Taylor's (Danny Walters) unexpected return but there was another soap icon that made its legendary comeback — Sonia Fowler's (Natalie Cassidy) trumpet!

There were many surprises during Dot Cotton's (June Brown) funeral episode, with six soap legends returning, Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) making a shock appearance, and now the comeback of Keanu and also Sonia's famous trumpet.

During last night's EastEnders episode (Tuesday, December 13), Sonia met Dot's great-nephew Reiss Colwell (Jonny Freeman) and the pair bonded over memories of Dot.

Later on, as some of the Walford residents attended Dot's wake at Sonia's house, Reiss started playing a tune on his tuba, which encouraged Sonia to bring out her own brass instrument — her famous trumpet!

During her days as a child on the soap, Sonia was learning how to play the trumpet, much to the dismay of her friends and family. But her bad trumpet playing soon became an iconic part of her character that is still remembered today.

Sonia Fowler playing the trumpet as Shirley Carter laughs behind her

Sonia Fowler's trumpet made a welcome return. (Image credit: BBC)

One of young Sonia's most famous scenes included her busking outside Walford East Station with her trumpet and nearly being arrested by police. She was then grounded by her mum Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson) for her trumpet playing shenanigans.

The residents were in hysterics as Sonia attempted to play along to Reiss' tune at Dot's wake, with Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) making a witty comment.

"Son, I know it's a funeral, but you're going to wake the dead with that!" she laughed.

If that wasn't enough to have fans going crazy, there was another surprise at the end of the episode where we saw a mysterious person walking in the Square, before they stopped to watch Karen Taylor (Lorraine Stanley) smoking outside her house.

It was soon revealed to be her son, Keanu who left Walford in 2020 after having an affair with Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean).

Danny Walters as Keanu Taylor

Keanu's back! (Image credit: BBC)

Fans couldn't believe the surprises and took to Twitter to express their delight at the shock returns...

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EastEnders continues Thursday, December 16 at 7:30pm on BBC One.

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides, recaps and features for must-watch shows and delivers all the latest soap news and reactions. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.

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