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‘EastEnders’: Nina Wadia teases potential return as Zainab Masood

By: Mohnish Singh

British actress and comedian Nina Wadia has teased a possible return as Zainab Masood on the popular BBC One soap opera EastEnders.

The said character was last seen on the show in 2013 when she left Walford with her young son Kamil, who she shares with ex-husband Masood Ahmed, played by Nitin Ganatra.

In her latest magazine interview, Wadia said that she is “sure” she would go back to Albert Square at some point.

“Part of me needed to leave and I was devastated. I did not suit being in the same character for that long and I was finding myself climbing the walls with just playing Zainab,” the 54-year-old said. “They were kind to me on the show in that they did not kill her off and I am sure at one point I will return.”

The actress, who has several successful shows to her credit and has also worked alongside Bollywood stars Rishi Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, and Katrina Kaif in the Hindi film Namastey London (2007), added that Masood is still one of the characters for which she gets recognised the most.

“I still get called Zainab when I am out and about. I still get asked when I’m going back to EastEnders, and if I love Masood even though I left over a decade ago!” she added.

On the work front, Wadia is set to narrate children’s TV stop-motion series Tweedy and Fluff.

Stay tuned to this space for more updates!

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