Soaps’ biggest identity twists – EastEnders heartbreak to Corrie baby bombshell

Soaps are known for their dramatic storylines and sometimes questionable plots.

Over the decades, there have been plenty of memorable TV moments.

Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, EastEnders and Emmerdale have all had their fair share of identity riddles from Zoe Slater finding out big sister Kat is actually her mother to Leanne Battersby finally revealing that Steve McDonald was the father of her unborn child.

While some storylines seem to have come out of nowhere, others have certainly left a lasting impression amongst soap fans across the globe.

Daily Star has taken a look back at some of the most iconic identity twists in soap history.

Rocky is really Tom Cotton

EastEnders newcomer Rocky left fans gobsmacked in September this year as he confirmed his real name is Tom Cotton.

The character first appeared in Albert Square claiming to be Sonia Fowler's absent father.

However, it has been revealed that Rocky is a fraudster and plotting an evil plan with Dotty Cotton (Milly Zero) to steal money from Sonia.

The nurse has been keeping hold of Dot Cotton's inheritance following her exit from Walford last year, with the Walford pensioner giving her power of attorney back in April this year.

Things didn't go quite to plan for the scheming pair as Dotty exposed Rocky's true identity over Christmas Day leaving Sonia and Kathy Beale heartbroken.

Zoe Slater is Kat's daughter

EastEnders fans will find it hard to believe that it has been 20 years since the soap's most iconic scenes aired in October 2001.

The memorable "You ain't my mother" scene saw Zoe Slater (Michelle Ryan) storm through the streets of Albert Square declaring that she is going to Spain.

Kat desperately tries to get her to stay, though Zoe, still under the impression that Kat is her older sister, is angry that she is bossing her around.

"You can't tell me what to do, you ain't my mother!" she shouted, before Kat takes a pause and screamed back: "Yes I am!"

It was later revealed that Zoe's uncle Harry, whom she was planning to go and work with, is actually her father, having abused Kat when she was younger.

Danielle is Ronnie's daughter

Danielle Jones reuniting with her estranged mother Ronnie Mitchell moments before her tragic death with go down in EastEnders history.

Ronnie initially didn't believe Danielle's claims that she is her daughter and the youngster was run over by Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) in emotional scenes.

A tearful Ronnie cradled Danielle as she passed away in Ronnie's arms leaving the mother devastated.

Actress Lauren Crace has since disclosed that even she was unaware of this fact upon being cast in the role, but always knew Danielle would only have a short arc.

Danielle's feelings were further explored in a segment of the BBC EastEnders homepage entitled Danielle's Diary, documenting the character's thoughts on the storylines she was involved in, while a special episode of EastEnders Revealed entitled "The Secret Mitchell" further explored the character's impact on the show.

Steve McDonald is Oliver Battersby's dad

When Coronation Street favourite Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) fell pregnant after a mystery one-night stand no one knew who it could possibly be.

Fans of the ITV soap had never seen her hook up with anyone and she’d barely even spoken to a man during the time.

Leanne was gobsmacked when she discovered she was expecting as she'd previously been told she couldn’t have kids.

However, she soon found herself arranging to meet the man in question to reveal he was going to be a dad.

No one was more shocked than Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) when he found out it was his baby.

It was decided Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) would play dad to the baby and Steve would get on with his life with wife Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh) who was also expecting a child.

Little Oliver tragically passed in heartbreaking scenes which aired last year.

Shona Ramsey is Clayton Hibbs' mum

When Shona Ramsay (Julia Golding) arrived in Weatherfield in 2016 it was clear she had a secret and it was connected to the late Kylie Platt (Paula Lane).

The Coronation Street resident started off a wrong’un, stealing David Platt’s (Jack P Shepherd) wallet.

However, vicar Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank) saw her as his project, got her a job in the cafe and a place to stay at Eileen Grimshaw’s and turned her life around.

Speculation was rife she was Kylie’s secret sister, it turned out the truth was far worse than fans expected.

As she and David grew closer, it was revealed she was the mother of Kylie’s killer, Clayton Hibbs (Callum Harrison).

When David found out, he went mad and ended their relationship.

He soon learned to forgive and move on and the couple were reunited.

They had a brief split but they got back together and are still going strong.

Nate Robinson is Cain Dingle's long-lost son

Emmerdale hunk Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter) confirmed he is a long-lost member of the Dingle family in October 2019.

He announced himself as Cain's secret son, which come out during the dramatic fallout from his affair with Moira, Cain's wife.

Cain lured Nate and Moira away on a fateful boat trip after discovering that they'd been sleeping together.

When things turned violent on board between the two love rivals, Nate ended up getting the upper hand and threatened to push Cain overboard.

Finally revealing the true agenda behind his recent scheming, a furious Nate told Cain: "You're a pathetic old man. Nate, short for Nathaniel. Look at me and remember – do you see me now, dad?

"You must have known that I'd come for you one day. That I'd find you. I'm your son."

Celeste and Toby confirmed as Martine's twin children

Hollyoaks fans knew there was something fishy about siblings Celeste (Andrea Ali) and Toby Faroe (Bobby Gordon) as soon as they stepped foot in the village.

It was previously revealed that Martine Deveraux (Kellé Bryan) actually gave birth to triplets, not twins, when she welcomed son Mitchell, who she kept, into the world.

Not only was Toby revealed as her son, but Celeste was confirmed as she her long-lost daughter.

Toby originally lied and said Celeste was his wife as the pair planned to take down their estranged family.

Martine and Toby later sat down together to have a very candid conversation about what really happened all those years ago when she gave up two of her babies.

Martine was shocked to learn that Toby didn't have the picture perfect upbringing she had hoped for, as he told her about how the doctor who took he and Celeste in used them in a "twisted" child behaviour experiment.

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Toby then lied and told his birth mum that his sister was dead, which left her so shell-shocked she had to leave and couldn't show any emotion until she eventually broke down in tears.

Martine has since finally realised the truth about her daughter and the pair have grown close.

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