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Sarah Cairns is a stalker who tried to destroy Martin and Sonia Fowler's marriage. Sarah made her first appearance on the 3 September 2004, she is portrayed by Alison Pargeter.

Backstory[]

Sarah is a dog lover, and when she was a child, she always wanted to have a back-seat dog but it never happened, as it's been implied that Sarah's parents never used to allow her to have a dog when she was a child, but very little was ever known over this story.

Sarah has been in two very unlucky previous relationships, once many years ago Sarah got engaged to a man at a Christmas Party at one of the job's she was temping at which she thought was quite romantic, as they both had a very drunken night together, but unfortunately he legged it, and also did a runner at the last minute, with Sarah never seeing or hearing from him again, as she believed, he was on the rebound, and Sarah ended up keeping the engagement ring which came from their Christmas Cracker that they both pulled together at the Christmas Party.

Sarah later moved on, and met a man called Tony, and they ended up getting married, but there marriage didn't last, Tony was a man who would seem very tence, as he was stressed, either It's because Tony was working too hard, or he was hiding something from Sarah, and later, it turned out that Tony was cheating on Sarah with another woman, as Sarah came home from work one night she found her, she found them both in bed together, which lead to Sarah and Tony splitting up and getting divorced.

Whilst Sarah was working as a barmaid, it was implied that men used to leer at her, and no matter where Sarah worked as a barmaid every night, she had the same faces of men that hitted out on her, who kept on checking her out, sizing her up, looking into pulling her as it was also implied that all of these other different men would bang Sarah as a barmaid aswell. It was also implied that they had layed a finger on her, and also tried it on her too, as it was believed and implied to have been more sinister than that, however, it was more implied that Sarah became a victim of several forms of sexual harassments that had been believed and implied to have occurred not just once, but more than once on a multiple occasions by several other different men from each and every single place that Sarah had ever worked as a barmaid through out the years. however, it was also implied that all of these events of Sarah's several forms of sexual harassment ordeals as a barmaid, had all been implied to have contributed and triggered Sarah to become mentally unstable.

Sarah was sent to work at Angie's Den nightclub in Walford by her job agency, and everytime Sarah was sent to work in the Walford area from the area she lived in, she always takes a cab there because it makes her feel more safer to travel there, and it is believed that Sarah has had previous history of occasionally working as a barmaid in the Walford area on a number of occasions during the past.

Storylines[]

2004: Arrival, stalking Martin and trying to destroy Martin and Sonia's marriage[]

Sarah is a barmaid who worked in Angie's Den nightclub. In September 2004 Martin Fowler and his friends Mickey Miller, Spencer Moon, Ronny Ferreira and Tariq Laroussi all go out for the evening to and pretend to have a stag party in Angie's Den order to get some free drinks. Martin gets very drunk and ends up flirting with Sarah. The next morning, Martin wakes up in Sarah's bed at her flat and realises that he slept with her. Martin admits to Sarah that he has made a big mistake and tells her that he is married man and Sarah seems to back off. However just very soon after Sarah met Martin, it becomes clear to Martin that she is mentally unstable, as she begins to stalk Martin and sending him text messages declaring her love for him, They meet up again at Angie's Den, were Sarah believes it's fate. Sarah thinks Martin is just like her, and can't resist her, but Martin explains it's not possible. Sarah asks Martin if he still wants her, but he confesses he loves his Sonia. Sarah believes love is about sharing, but Martin insists his in love with Sonia, Sarah questions why Martin hasn't told Sonia about her, and Martin lies, saying he already has that Sonia already forgive him, However, Martin warns Sarah not to see him again. On the day of Andy Hunter and Sam Mitchell's wedding, Sarah continues sending text messages to Martin, saying that she likes his suit as she's spying on him, Martin runs outside of his house, chases Sarah's car as she drives off, then Martin throws his mobile phone on the floor, and smashes it up in anger.

Martin tries to hide from Sarah in the cafe, but she spots him and enters. She asks him why he hasn't responded to her texts, thinking that he might be in a coma. Martin explains his phone was broken and tells Sarah that he was hiding from her. He confronts Sarah about watching him through the window his house on the day of the wedding, and texting about what he was wearing. Sarah admits she was trying to tease him and apologise. They both mention needing to get back to work, but Sarah suggests they hang out later to meet Sonia. Martin explains Sonia is working. Sarah suggests about meeting tomorrow, but Martin says Sonia is busy, Sarah then suggests about her and Martin met up after work, he initially declines, However, Sarah then says she'll go straight to his house, which convinces Martin to agree to meet Sarah at Angie's Den nightclub. Unbeknownst to Martin, Sarah is actually planning her own date with him at Angie's Den. Martin is ready to confront Sarah at Angie's Den, but Martin seeks advice from Alfie Moon, who advice him keep his distance. Martin meets Sarah anyway, feeling trapped. At the club, Martin explains to Sarah again that his married and they should not see each other anymore, Sarah manipulates Martin, accusing him of lying and sleeping with her. then Martin walks away, but Sarah follows him, Martin calls their relationship a mistake. He tells her to leave him alone, and walks away leaving Sarah in tears. Sarah continues spy on Martin and his wife Sonia Fowler, She goes as far as spying in the window of the Fowler's again, whilst Martin and Sonia were still out, Sarah's fixation on Sonia intensifies, and starts following Sonia around everywhere she goes, even to the salon, after Sonia leaves the salon, Sarah positions herself by the road, waiting for Sonia to see her, In a desperate act, Sarah deliberately runs out in front of a van hoping that Sonia would notice her, Sonia being a nurse, takes care of Sarah, and brings her into Pauline's house, where they develop a friendship, Sarah convinces herself Martin really loves her and he'll leave Sonia to be with her, however, Martin keeps the truth about Sarah hidden from Sonia but Sarah tells his family she is dating a "certain" married man.

Martin attends a quiz night at the Queen Vic, Sarah visits Sonia and they spend the evening together, Sonia reavels to Sarah about how her and Martin got together nearly a year after the death of Sonia's ex boyfriend, Jamie Mitchell , which Martin accidentally caused nearly two years ago, Later on, after learning about Martin's past and his guilt over Jamie's death, Sarah finds Martin, She confronts Martin expressing her understanding of his guilt and consequences it had on his life. Sarah tells Martin that she can't watch him chuck his life away after Jamie's life, saying it's sick, then tells Martin to think about it, Sarah also tells Martin, don't do this for me, do it for yourself. Martin becomes increasingly anxious about the possibility of Sarah disclosing their inmate encounter to Sonia, especially as Sarah grows close to Sonia, while they go shopping together. Later on, Sonia and Sarah return to the Fowler's, for dinner, and Sonia surprises Martin by presenting him with a brand new mobile phone as a gift.

In October 2004, Sarah plays a treasure hunt on Martin by leaving unwanted gifts for him. Martin confronts Sarah at the park where she has set up a picnic surprise. He questions her about the gifts and she explains that she got the idea from a book. Sarah gives Martin an unwanted ring and suggests putting it in a special box, but rejects the idea, saying their relationship isn't special. They argue, Martin becomes angry, smashing up the picnic. He tells Sarah it's over and warns her to stay away. Martin walks away. Sarah calls Sonia and then she leaves Walford.

Two weeks later, Sarah returns, and lies to The Fowler's by saying that her flat is flooded. Martin confesses to Sarah that he can't sleep or eat and begs her to leave. Later, Sarah lies to Martin, pretending to apologize, and saying she will leave. They share a final kiss. Sarah pretends to say goodbye, but it turns out she had never left and brought the Fowler's dinner instead. Martin's under pressure and he reports Sarah to the police, but they don't take any notice. Sarah admits to Martin's mother, Pauline Fowler, that it's her son Martin who she has been seeing. Pauline sends her packing and tells Sarah to leave. While Martin is out, Pauline falls off a stepladder and Sarah disappears. Martin tracks her down and Sarah admits to pushing Pauline off the ladder. He tells Sarah he will kill her if she ever shows her face again and tells her to stay away from him and his family. Sarah calls the police and Martin is arrested. During this time Sarah goes round to the Fowler's, whilst there, Martin calls Sonia whilst he was still at the police station. but Sarah answers and cuts the phone wire preventing him speaking to Sonia. Sonia asks who's on the phone, and Sarah lies, claiming it's a wrong number. Sarah also lies to Sonia about being mugged the previous night and falsely claims the culprit had been caught. Sonia is worried when Martin doesn't call, but Sarah lies again, saying he is out drinking with Mickey somewhere exciting. They both have tea, Sarah locks the front and back door of the Fowler's as part of her plan to hold Sonia hostage.

Sarah reveals to Sonia that she knows about Martin's family history including his father Arthur Fowler going to prison, getting released, and dying after, his brother Mark Fowler have aids, and his sister Michelle Fowler emigrating. Sarah also brings up Martin and Sonia relationship after Jamie's death. Sarah also reveals to Sonia that she also knew from Pauline about Martin's feelings towards his daughter Rebecca Fowler with them both fought about what was going to happen to her. Later Sarah manipulates Sonia, warns her marriage to Martin will end badly, as Sarah knew deep down Martin only married Sonia due to his guilt of accidently killing Jamie, and also Martin sleeping with Sarah. Later Martin returns home and finds both the front and back doors locked. He kicks down the back door to save Sonia from Sarah. Martin apologizes to Sonia, assures it ment nothing, and admits that he didn't mean to lie to her. He declares that Sarah is nothing compared to Sonia. However, Sarah refuses to leave holding a knife in hand. Sarah tells Sonia that Martin was the one because he never touched her nor tried it on her, as she implied to had experienced several forms of sexual harassments by several different other men whilst working as a barmaid during the past. Sarah admits that Martin passed out drunk, slept in her bed and didn't have sex with her. Sarah realises that she could never be with Martin so she lashes out with the knife in hand and tries to stab Sonia, but Martin gets in the way and she ends up stabbing him instead. then a fight brakes out, Sonia picks up Pauline's fruit bowl and bashes Sarah over the head with it. She falls unconscious. Jim Branning walks into the house and finds Sarah unconscious and Sonia tells him to phone for an ambulance. Sonia tells Martin that Sarah is still breathing and everything is going to be okay and she can't hurt them anymore, then Sarah was later committed to a mental institution, and both Martin and Sonia start to move on, and carry on with their marriage as they both put all of this behind them.

2005-2015: Post Exit, Sarah's prove over the downful of Martin and Sonia's marriage due to her potential warning to Sonia Fowler[]

Although, In 2005, just months after Sarah's departure, dispite of the events of everything that had happened, and also dispite of Sarah's craziness and departure, however, through out all of that, Sarah's potential warning to Sonia from the events of her departure in October 2004, about the downful of Martin and Sonia marriage proves an some what prophetic as Martin and Sonia Fowler start off rowing because Pauline Fowler's influence on Martin is putting strain on him and Sonia's marriage due to Martin seeing their daughter Rebecca Fowler with his mother Pauline against Sonia's wishes after Rebecca's adopted parents Neil and Sue Miller are both killed in a car crash, as both Martin and Sonia gain contact with their daughter Rebecca again.

As Martin and Sonia's rows still continue, In late 2005 just over a year after her departure, Sarah's potential warning to Sonia proves a second some what prophetic as Sonia starts cheating on Martin with her Nurse friend Naomi Julien which breaks up Martin and Sonia's marriage, after Martin finds Sonia and Naomi in bed together in March 2006, after that, Sonia and Naomi start a relationship together but it doesn't last, as Sonia and Naomi augue over Martin being the legal guardian for Rebecca incase of her adopted grandmother Margaret Wilson's death, and Naomi throws Sonia out, then Sonia starts drinking as she hits rock bottom, as of Martin, he starts a short relationship with Carly Wicks but it didn't last long as Carly cheated on Martin with Jake Moon, however In October 2006, both Martin and Sonia are divorced, but they both regret about what happened, so they decide to get back together again dispite of everything that had happened.

In January 2007, just two and a half years after her departure, Sarah's potential warning to Sonia proves a third some what prophetic as Martin and Sonia's relationship is ripped apart again due to the fall out of the murder of Martin mother Pauline that happened on Christmas Day 2006, as the police are investigating Sonia as she is believed to be Pauline's killer due to Sonia and Pauline's feuds since the fall out of Sonia cheating on her son Martin with her Nurse friend Naomi earlier on that year, as the investigation of Pauline's murder causes Sonia to go on the run and flee Walford with her daughter Rebecca, but later it was reaveald that Pauline's real killer is actually her husband Joe Macer, who was later killed by falling out of a window after being exposed as Pauline's killer by Dot Branning, and after that, Martin and Sonia make up and got back together again, and they both later left Walford together along with their daughter Rebecca in February 2007, which Martin and Sonia got married for a second time since moving away from Walford and starting a new life together.

Through out parts of 2010, just six years after her departure, Sarah's potential warning to Sonia also proves a forth some what prophetic as Martin and Sonia are having problems in their marriage once again, which Sonia and her daughter Rebecca later moved to Dagenham, and Martin started having a new girlfriend in Manchester, it's believed since then through all that Martin and Sonia got back together again, but their relationship didn't work out.

In 2015, just nearly eleven years after her departure, Sarah's potential warning to Sonia also proves a fifth some what prophetic as Martin & Sonia's relationship together ended for good, due to not spending as much time together, but dispite of that both Martin and Sonia remained as good close friends ever since moving back to Walford, and Martin started a new relationship with Stacey Slater, and Sonia started a relationship with Tina Carter.

The Fowler's mentioned Sarah a few times through out parts of 2015, just eleven years after her departure, therefore Michelle Fowler mentioned the time of when Martin cheated on Sonia with Sarah during an argument with her younger brother Martin in early 2017, and Martin also mentioned Sarah again in early 2020, However, between 2015 to 2020, each time when Martin mentioned Sarah, he didn't actually mention Sarah by her actual name, Martin just referred her as his stalker.

Kill count[]

Attempted murder victims[]

  1. Pauline Fowler (15 October 2004) - Pushes Pauline off a ladder in a fit of rage.
  2. Sonia Fowler (22 October 2004) - Attempts to stab Sonia in a fit of rage after Martin chose Sonia over her but she stabs Martin instead after he gets in the way.
  3. Martin Fowler (22 October 2004) - Stabs him after he gets in her way whilst she's trying to kill Sonia Fowler.

Background information[]

  • On 3 September 2004, Sarah mentioned to Martin that she was sent to work as a barmaid at Angie's Den nightclub by her job agency, and as Martin and Sarah were about to leave Angie's Den together, Sarah also mentioned to Martin that everytime that her job agency sent her to work as a barmaid in the Walford area, Sarah always takes a cab there because she it makes her feel more safer when travelling there, which means that Sarah has had previous history of occasionally working as a barmaid in the Walford area on a number of occasions during the past.
  • On 21 September 2004, Sarah revealed to Martin that her ex husband's name is Tony, and Sarah also revealed to Martin that Tony cheated on her with another woman, which Sarah came home from work one night and found them both in bed together, and after that, Tony and Sarah spit up and got divorced.
  • On 24 September 2004, Sarah mentioned that she was not from around Walford, and lived in Wimbledon.
  • Sarah is believed to be quite a bit older than Martin and Sonia, the first clue about Sarah's age came when she mentioned to Martin and Sonia that she wished that she had never got married, and said that she knew that now, and also mentioned that when your really young, you don't think like that, and you just marry the first man that comes along, and she also said that it never really works out, which means that Sarah is deffently quite a bit older than Martin and Sonia.
  • During the time of this EastEnders storyline, Martin and Sonia were both just nineteen years old when this whole EastEnders Sarah storyline took place between September to October 2004, as Martin was born on 30/07/85, and Sonia was born on 06/05/85, as they were both born in the same year as each other, however, Sarah gave away a second clue about herself being quite a bit older than Martin and Sonia, when Sarah told Sonia that she had a boyfriend named Martin who had the same first name as Martin Fowler, but really she ment him, Sarah told Sonia that her boyfriend Martin was just like her when she was younger, saying that Martin got married to young, and not knowing what he really wanted, which Sarah was really talking about Martin Fowler getting married to Sonia Fowler too young and not knowing what he really wanted, which Sonia thought that Sarah ment this other Martin who is her boyfriend, but Sonia did not realise that Sarah was really talking about Martin Fowler, and didn't think anything over this conversation during this point.
  • On 27 September 2004, Sarah also gave away a third clue about herself being quite a bit older than Martin and Sonia, when Sarah mentioned to Sonia that meny years ago back in prior to 2004, she got engaged to a man who did a runner and legged it at a Christmas Party at one of the jobs she was tamping at, which means that Sarah was deffently quite a bit older than just nineteen years old compared to the age that both Martin and Sonia were at the time, but Sarah's date of birth has never been revealed, however, it's deffently clear that Sarah was born prior to 1985.
  • Dispite that Sarah actually looks the very same age as Martin and Sonia who were born in 1985, going by the facts to her backstory, it's deffently clear that she was deffently quite a bit older than them, due to what Sarah had mentioned about getting engaged to a man meny years before the prior to 2004, and also later getting married to her other man named Tony when she was younger also back in the prior to 2004, However, It's also clear that Sarah is obviously at least a good few years older than both Martin Fowler and Sonia Fowler.
  • Earlier on that day on 27 September 2004, Sarah mentioned to Pauline Fowler and Jim Branning that she is a dog lover, and Sarah also mentioned to Pauline and Jim that she wanted to have a back-seat dog when was she a child, but unfortunately it never happened.
  • Going back to the evening of 27 September 2004, whilst Martin is out at a quiz night event at the Queen Vic, Sarah spends the evening round The Fowler's, having a drink with Sonia, Sarah finds out about how Martin and Sonia got together due to Martin's guilt of accidently running over and killing Sonia's ex boyfriend Jamie Mitchell.
  • On 19 October 2004, When Martin was being arrested by the police, as Sarah reported Martin to the police, and accused him for badly beating her up at her flat in Wimbledon earlier that afternoon, The police revealed that Sarah's surname is Cairns as they arrested Martin, the police also referred Sarah as Miss Cairns which means that Cairns is not actually her married surname, and it's her birth surname, which also means that Sarah's married surname to her ex husband Tony is highly unknown.
  • On 22 October 2004, Whilst Sarah was round at the Fowler's, Sarah revealed to Sonia that at somepoint during her time in Walford, Sarah found out from Martin's mother Pauline about the history of Martin and Sonia having their daughter Rebbeca Fowler, four previous in October 2000, and how Sonia put Rebbeca up for adoption three years previous in 2001.
  • Later on that evening on 22 October 2004, when Sarah held Martin and Sonia hostage at knife point, Sarah accused Martin of just being like the others, and questioned him by asking him do you know what it's like to have men leer at you?
  • Then Sarah mentioned that no matter where she was working every night, she had the same faces of men checking her out, sizing her up, and looking to pull her, and it was also implied that Sarah had been banged by all of these men whilst working as barmaid, but she mentioned with Martin, he was different, by saying that he wasn't like the others, he didn't hit out on Sarah, and just treated her nicely, then Sarah remembered thinking that Martin would be the one who would take her away from all that, then Sarah revealed to Martin and Sonia that the real reason why Martin was really the one, Sarah horrorfidely mentioned you wouldn't understand, it's because Martin was the one who respected her and didn't lay a finger on Sarah, which means that what Sarah implied about men banging her as a barmaid was more sinister than that, which it's was more implied that Sarah was a victim of several forms sexual harassment also whilst working as a barmaid aswell, which Sarah's forms of sexual harassment ordeals all had been believed and implied to have occurred not just once, but more than once by several other different men on multiple occasions from every single place that Sarah had ever worked as a barmaid every night through out the years.
  • Sarah also believed that Martin was the one because he never touched her up nor tried anything on her, and Sarah believed that being with Martin in a relationship, and also in love with him was something worth fighting for, due to those reasons because Sarah felt more safer around Martin than she has ever been, and Sarah really was a person who just really wanted to be loved and feel safe due to this terrible past that Sarah implied had happened to her, however, it was also implied that the events of Sarah's forms of sexual harassment ordeals as a barmaid, obviously contributed and triggered Sarah to become mentally unstable.
  • On 20 July 2007, Sarah's character joined the list of EastEnders bunny boiler characters such as Stella, Janine Butcher , Cindy Beale, Shirley Carter, Chrissie Watts, May Wright and Louise Raymond as part of an EastEnders Revealed Doctumenry called EastEnders: Vixens Rise fall of Stella that told the story of some of Walford bunny boiler characters and also followed the death of Stella Crawford.
  • Earlier on that evening on 22 October 2004, Sarah warns Sonia that her marriage to Martin will end badly, which proves some what prophecy of five events that occurred between 2005 to 2015, as Sonia and Martin row because of Martin visiting their daughter Rebecca Fowler with his mother Pauline against Sonia's wishes after Rebecca's adopted parents Neil and Sue Miller are both killed in a car crash months later in 2005, as Martin and Sonia's rows continue, In late 2005, Sonia started cheating on Martin with Naomi Julien which brakes up their marriage in 2006, Martin starts a relationship with Carly Wicks, but it doesn't last as Carly cheated on Martin with Jake Moon, and Martin and Sonia end up getting back together again, later in January 2007, Martin and Sonia's relationship falls apart again, as Sonia is investigated by the police over the murder of Pauline Fowler that happened on Christmas Day 2006, as Sonia is believed to be Pauline's killer, and later it is revealed that Pauline's real killer is Pauline's husband Joe Macer, and Martin and Sonia make up and get back together again, then both leave Walford, and Martin and Sonia get married for a second time, but in 2010, Martin and Sonia start having problems in their marriage again, which Sonia and her daughter Rebecca move to Dagenham, and it's believed that Martin and Sonia rekindled their relationship once more but their relationship together didn't work out, so In 2015, after both Martin and Sonia move back to Walford, they both split up for good, and Martin and Sonia remain as good close friends, and Martin starts a new relationship with Stacey Slater, and Sonia started a relationship with Tina Carter.

Quotes[]

To Martin Fowler (first line; at his pretend stag do at Angie's Den): "I thought it was nice, you know, what you just said about."

To Martin Fowler (##on their third time out at Angie's Den): "Hmm funny! You never mentioned that when you came home with me, did you? when you got into my bed!"

To Sonia Fowler (when Sonia first met Sarah, she then asked Sarah if she had a boyfriend): "Yeah, his names Martin. Well strictly speaking we are not really together, he is still involved in a previous relationship, or otherwise in a running to put me up, I couldn't call him with his wife there could I?"

To Martin Fowler (after his wife Sonia goes away to see a friend): "You should lock that, you never know who's going to come in."

To Martin Fowler ( last line as she lashes out with a knife): " Martin you have to understand you're the only one I ever wanted, I love you, and I have to do this!"

List of appearances[]

Note: (d) denotes a duff duff.

2004[]

  1. 3 September 2004
  2. 6 September 2004
  3. 7 September 2004
  4. 13 September 2004
  5. 20 September 2004
  6. 21 September 2004 (d)
  7. 23 September 2004
  8. 24 September 2004
  9. 27 September 2004
  10. 28 September 2004
  11. 30 September 2004
  12. 1 October 2004
  13. 4 October 2004 (d)
  14. 11 October 2004
  15. 12 October 2004
  16. 14 October 2004
  17. 15 October 2004
  18. 18 October 2004
  19. 19 October 2004 (d)
  20. 21 October 2004 (d)
  21. 22 October 2004 (d)


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