EastEnders actress Natalie Cassidy has asked viewers to be undestanding over her characters upcoming stortyline as a lesbian.

Ms Cassidy, who plays Sonia Fowler in the BBC soap, wants her fans to be behind her when the Albert Square resident leaves on screen husband Martin (James Alexandrou) for a lesbian relationship with Naomi Julien (Petra Letang.)

She told the Daily Star, “What I love about this plot is that it isn’t just sensationalism. People will see it that way, of course, but it’s not only about the whole lesbian thing.”

“It simply doesn’t matter whether Sonia wants to be with a man or woman – you can’t choose who you fall in love with.”

The 22 year old added: “In the end, I hope people will be adult about it and sympathise with Sonia. “These days it’s normal for two people of the same sex to go out together, after all, we’ve had Sir Elton John and David Furnish getting married and everyone wishing them luck.”

“I want everybody to do the same for Sonia and Naomi.”