TV comedian reveals the shock EastEnders role he turned down and why!


Josh Widdicombe, known for his roles in “Taskmaster” and “Hold the Front Page” season 2, recently shared an intriguing anecdote about his potential involvement in the popular soap opera “EastEnders.” During an appearance on “Pointless,” he disclosed that he was approached to audition for the part of Sonia Fowler’s new boyfriend, now portrayed by Jonny Freeman as Reiss Colwell.

Reflecting on the peculiar incident, Josh expressed his surprise and slight offense at being considered for the role. He recounted how the production team described the character as a “nerd” and suggested that he would be perfect for it in an email to his agent. He humorously remarked, “Can you believe that? I’ve never been so offended in my life!”

However, Josh ultimately declined the offer, choosing not to pursue the role. Meanwhile, Reiss Colwell’s character in “EastEnders” has been portrayed as Dot Cotton’s great-nephew, engaging in a romance with nurse Sonia Fowler, played by Natalie Cassidy.


In the storyline, Reiss is depicted as a bumbling accountant with comedic and awkward interactions with the residents of Walford. Yet, beneath his seemingly innocent demeanor lies a significant secret—he has been embezzling money from his comatose wife, Debbie, to finance IVF treatment in hopes of starting a family with Sonia.

As the narrative progresses, tensions escalate between Reiss and Sonia’s sister, Bianca Jackson, portrayed by Patsy Palmer. Reiss reaches a breaking point after enduring Bianca’s continuous verbal attacks and demands that she leave their home. Despite Sonia’s efforts to mediate the conflict, Reiss remains resolute in his decision.

With suspense building and the atmosphere fraught with tension, viewers are left wondering about the unforeseen events that could potentially alter the course of Sonia and Reiss’s relationship. Has something happened to Sonia, signaling a dramatic turn of events in the storyline? Only time will tell as the plot unfolds on “EastEnders.”