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‘EastEnders’ fans shocked as Stuart ATTACKS Sonia after struggling with his cancer diagnosis

EastEnders Stuart Highway drunk at the pub
Stuart Highway has struggled to accept his cancer diagnosis. (Image credit: BBC / Kieron)

EastEnders fans were stunned during last night’s episode (Tuesday Dec. 7) as Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ) attacked Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) in an emotional rage after she found out his cancer secret.

After Stuart received the devastating news from the doctor, he furiously stormed out of the room, refusing to believe it. But later on, Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) suspected something was wrong with Stuart when he got drunk at the pub. As he was too drunk to stand, Sonia took him back to her house to sober him up. 

At Sonia’s house, Stuart was adamant that he was fine, while Sonia gave him glasses of water to drink. Sonia didn’t believe him, however, and asked him, “Something’s been bugging you all day, hasn’t it? You weren’t right when I saw you this morning!”

Stuart was hesitant to tell her anything, but Sonia was determined to know what was wrong. “You know you can talk to me about anything, don’t you?” she said.

“Your mum had breast cancer,” Stuart revealed, to which Sonia responded with, “Does someone else have breast cancer, Stuart?”

He nodded and he tried to play it off that his friend had been diagnosed, but Sonia presumed it was his wife, Rainie (Tanya Franks). 

When Sonia finally uncovered the truth, Stuart burst into tears and told her to forget he had said anything after she questioned when he had found out. 

“You can’t just ignore it, you need to deal with it!” Sonia told him. But, Stuart soon became violent and shoved Sonia against the wall, which he instantly regretted.

Stuart Highway lashes out at Sonia Fowler

Stuart lashed out at Sonia when she discovered his cancer diagnosis. (Image credit: BBC)

“I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to do that! I don’t know what I’m doing, I don’t know what I’m doing, darling. Or what’s happening to me anymore,” he sobbed.

Fans on Twitter were devastated for Stuart after he lashed out at Sonia…

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EastEnders continues Thursday Dec. 9 at 7:35pm on BBC1— see our TV Guide for full listings. 

Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. 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.


Some of her favourite TV shows are Line of Duty, Fresh Meat, The Great British Bake Off, and Gogglebox. In her spare time, Grace likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series!