EastEnders cast Jonny Freeman as Dot Branning's grandnephew

EastEnders cast Jonny Freeman as Dot Branning’s grandnephew

EastEnders spoilers to follow.

Walford will welcome Jonny Freeman in the role of Reiss Colwell. EastEnders Fan favorite Dot Branning’s grandnephew and Sonia Fowler’s new love interest.

The kindhearted, cardigan-loving character is a distant relative of Dot, who was played by June Brown before her death earlier this year. According to the extended Colwell family tree, Reiss’ grandfather’s brother was Bob Colwell, Dot’s father.

Although the family wasn’t always close and only saw each other occasionally, Reiss feels compelled to attend Dot’s upcoming funeral after learning of her death.


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At the service, he and Sonia (Natalie Cassidy) befriend their love for Dot. There seems to be a spark between them as well, but only time will tell if they decide to continue this instant connection.

Freeman you may know silent witness and top boysaid he was “delighted” to be a part of it EastEnders.

“I’m excited to join the cast of EastEndersespecially as part of the extended family of the legendary Dot Branning,” the actor shared in a statement.

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“Everyone has been so welcoming and I am very fortunate to have worked so closely with the lovely Natalie Cassidy who is not only a fantastic actress but also a lovely person; she was very kind in helping me get through my first few weeks.

“I hope I can do justice to Reiss. He’s friendly but socially awkward, and seeing how he makes or fails to make his early exchanges with Sonia and her nearest and dearest has been quite interesting! I’m looking forward to seeing how both the audience and the people of Walford react to him.”

EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show is also streamed on BBC iPlayer.

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