EastEnders Brian Conley explains Rocky nickname after Tom Cotton identity twist

EastEnders star Brian Conley has shared the truth behind his character's nickname.

Appearing on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, Brian chatted hosts Dan Walker and Sally Nugent through the identity twist reveal which aired on the soap on Tuesday night – as his character Rocky revealed he isn't who he said he is.

Supposedly Sonia's father, Terry Cant was revealed to actually be Thomas Cotton – and intent on scamming Sonia out of her million pound property and running away with the cash.

But now Brian has explained why his character is known best as Rocky.

"It's been fun, because I've been very cheeky, Cockney Rocky, and now to sort of reveal to everyone…" he explained. "I was trending! I was trending on YouTube, ladies and gentlemen!

"Everyone was going, 'I can't believe it!', and for me it's been a secret that's been going ever since I started the show, and to now finally tell everyone, 'Look, this is me'."

He added: "And the reason I'm called Rocky as a nickname is because it keeps the continuity there, because otherwise they'd have to call me Terry or Tom so I've always been Rocky because it's never been my real name, Terry Cant.

"So that's why that's happening."

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