Published On: Tue, May 11th, 2021

EastEnders star Brian Conley reveals he got emotional after a prop reminded him of his late dad

He’s set to join the cast of EastEnders as Sonia Fowler’s long-lost father Terry Cant.

And Brian Conley has now revealed that he got emotional while filming in the Queen Vic after seeing a prop taxi which reminded him of his late cab driver father Colin.

The actor, 59, also detailed how he already had a link to the soap as his dad worked as a prop man on the production and used to put his tour posters up in the Square.

Memories: Brian Conley has revealed that he got emotional while filming in the Queen Vic after seeing a prop taxi which reminded him of his late cab driver father Colin

Speaking about the moment in the Queen Vic, Brian told The Mirror: ‘I’m holding court, telling a few jokes, but I just look over and, I’m getting emotional now, on the shelf there is a little cab.

‘And I just knew that was my dad, who was a cab driver. Of course, he’s gone, he went 20 years ago, but it was like, ‘You’ll be all right’.’ 

Brian also reminisced about his father, who became an even bigger fan of the soap during his battle with bowel cancer, to The Sun saying Colin worked on the set.

Proud father: The actor, 59, also detailed how he already had a link to the soap as his dad worked as a prop man on the production and used to put his tour posters up in the Square

Proud father: The actor, 59, also detailed how he already had a link to the soap as his dad worked as a prop man on the production and used to put his tour posters up in the Square

Explaining his dad was a prop man as well as a cab driver, Colin said: ‘He would often be there a lot and post posters in the markets – you could see me in the background of a Gillian Taylforth scene’.

And although excited for his job on the show, Colin said he’s not forgotten how lucky he is to still be working after almost 50 years and amid the pandemic and burst into tears when he first arrived to film his new role.

He said: ‘That’s why, when I was on that Square the first time, I cried, as I appreciated how many other people would die to be here and would die to just be part of the business.’   

Brian joined the EastEnders cast back in February when bosses revealed he’d landed the role of Sonia’s father, and hoped the star could bring some Cockney charm back to the soap with his character.

New role: Brian is joining the soap as Sonia Fowler's long-lost father Terry Cant

New role: Brian is joining the soap as Sonia Fowler’s long-lost father Terry Cant

Speaking about the role he said: ‘As you can imagine, being a Londoner and now being part of EastEnders is such an incredible moment for me.

‘I know for sure my dad’s looking down from above and saying: ‘Good on yer son!’

‘It was always his favourite programme. So in so many ways it really is an honour to be part of such an iconic show and to be working with an incredibly talented team on camera and off.’ 

The former host of The Brian Conley show added: ‘I cannot wait to order my first pint at The Queen Vic.’

Despite this, in 2012 he claimed he turned down a role in EastEnders twice because they were too rigid about him being able to do other work.

Speaking to The Daily Record, he said: ‘I don’t hanker for fame. I just want to work. EastEnders wouldn’t allow me to do anything else and I do a lot of corporate gigs.

When his role was announced, Brian said: ''I know for sure my dad's looking down from above and saying: 'Good on yer son!'

When his role was announced, Brian said: ”I know for sure my dad’s looking down from above and saying: ‘Good on yer son!’

‘Also, unless you are in it for three years, you don’t earn anything and I’ve got two children who go to private school.’

Sonia, who is played by Natalie Cassidy, first searched for her lost father’s name online last year when she was feeling lonely but without success.

Having given up hope of finding him, his arrival in Walford ‘will be a huge shock’, the BBC One soap said. 

It was previously reported that Brian took the EastEnders role after all of his corporate and acting work dried up during the Covid pandemic.

The Sun claimed that he could take home as much as £25,000 per corporate engagement and had been paid up to £120,000 for stints in high-end pantomimes.

Searching: Sonia, who is played by Natalie Cassidy, (pictured) first searched for her lost father's name online last year when she was feeling lonely, but without success

Searching: Sonia, who is played by Natalie Cassidy, (pictured) first searched for her lost father’s name online last year when she was feeling lonely, but without success

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