Sonya (played by Eve Moray) was the beloved wife of Neighbours stalwart Toadie (Ryan Maloney), with the pair having their fair share of troubles over the years. As things started to get back on track for them, the mother-of-two discovered she had stage-four ovarian cancer and lost her life in heartbreaking scenes on the Channel 5 soap last year. The late character’s husband has been unable to move on, even though he was tempted to give in to his rekindled feelings for ex-wife Dee Bliss (Madeleine West) who returned to Ramsay Street months after his wife’s death. The pair agreed it wasn’t the right time for them to explore their relationship, but when she turns up in Erinsborough again in upcoming scenes, will she replace her ex-husband’s late wife?
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Although Dee never met Sonya, it was her twin sister Andrea Somers (also Madeleine West) who wreaked havoc for Toadie’s wife whilst she was still alive.
The schemer impersonated her identical sibling, who the Ramsay Street favourite presumed was dead, and tricked him into bed, leading to the birth of her son, Hugo Somers (John Turner).
Last year, her evil mother Heather Schilling (Kerry Armstrong) turned up in Erinsborough under the alias of Alice Wells and forged her way into the Rebecchi household as the couple’s new nanny.
In an attempt to drive the husband and wife apart, the sinister character poisoned Sonya and left her for dead.
Despite surviving the ordeal, it was from this the symptoms of her cancer were masked, therefore making the illness more advanced by the time she was diagnosed.
With the anniversary of her death being marked earlier this year, could she now be replaced by the daughter and sister of her rivals?
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The drama kicks off later this month on UK screens when Dee pays her sister a visit in prison, with Andrea desperately wanting to see her son, Hugo.
Soap spoilers have revealed this sequence of events will lead the beloved character to return to Ramsay Street and reunite with her ex-husband.
However, the sweet moment is short-lived when discussion of her sister arises and as the father of the child, he tells his ex-wife her twin will not have any form of access with their son.
Knowing how much distress her sibling caused and wanting to take Sonya’s widower’s mind off things, the kind-hearted Erinsborough favourite takes him on a fishing trip.
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It seems the plan does the trick as the pair connect on more romantic love, given they were married once before Dee was “killed off”.
Once they arrive back at the Rebecchi house, it seems the pair get swept up in the moment as they share a kiss.
Toadie is ecstatic at the development, with his ex-wife even suggesting she will move back to the area so they can pursue a relationship.
In the back of his mind is Sonya, however, as the father-of-two wonders if he can really move on from his late wife and if she would be a replacement for his children’s mother.
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She couldn’t just leave Toadie
Sister-in-law and Sonya’s best friend Dipi Rebecchi (Sharon Johal) airs her concerns about how the children will feel about Dee moving back to Ramsay Street.
The character was previously worried about Toadie moving on back when he was reunited with his ex-wife last year and she was one of the reasons he didn’t jump back into things too quickly.
Realising there is some animosity, the returning character tells Dipi she has no intention of replacing the children’s mother.
However, as she settles back into life with Toadie, could she quickly become the parental figure the youngsters need?
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Also, being related to Hugo by blood, does this make the situation more complicated as technically Sonya isn’t his mother?
Speaking to Express.co.uk last year in light of her exit, actress Eve, 36, said her character was never going to leave Toadie broken-hearted.
“It was a decision taken by the Neighbours team at the end of last year and we sat down together and decided that if Sonya was going to leave she couldn’t just leave Toadie. It wouldn’t be believable.”
Would Sonya be happy her widower is finally moving on and how long will the happiness last if he does give things a go with Dee?
Neighbours airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:45pm and 5:30pm on Channel 5.
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