EastEnders' Natalie Cassidy shows off 'secret tattoo' she has to cover up to play Sonia on the soap

EASTENDERS' Natalie Cassidy showed off the "secret tattoo" that she has to cover up to play Sonia on the BBC One soap.

The 37-year-old star flashed the hidden inking during a new Instagram video, where she shared her excitement at Brian Conley being cast to play character Sonia's long-lost dad.

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In the video, the actress has a patch of foundation on her right wrist, telling fans: "Really bad covering of my tattoo."

Natalie added in the caption: "The tattoo covering is by me – Sonia doesn’t have a tattoo so I cover it up when at work!"

The TV favourite got the inking 10 years ago, and it is a tribute to her daughter Eliza.

The tattoo shows a capital E and C, representing her child's initials, surrounded by musical notes and hearts.

Eliza, 10, is Natalie's oldest daughter with ex boyfriend Adam Cottrell, with the star also sharing four-year-old Joanie with husband Marc Humphreys.

In the full video posted on Instagram, the actress explained that she was just leaving the EastEnders set as she admitted that she "can't wait" to work with new co-star Brian.

Pointing at her locks, Natalie began the clip: "I had to do a little video because firstly, look at the grey hair – unbelievable.

"And secondly, I finished work – I am just about to go home. I am so lucky to be at work, I am so grateful to be at work.

"One minute you're sat at home picking your toenails, and the next minute Brian Conley is going to play your dad… Can't be bad, can it?"

She captioned the post: "@realbrianconley playing Sonia’s dad. Can’t wait to work with Brian. Hope he won’t be offended by my roots…"

Brian's signing was announced earlier this week, with the 59-year-old stage and screen star turning down an EastEnders role twice before.

He will join Albert Square as Sonia’s long lost father Terry Cant, with his first scene set to air in the spring.

The character's entrance to Walford comes after Sonia searched for her lost father online last year, but his arrival will come as a huge shock after she failed to find him.

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