Elliott: 'Syed hasn't learned from his mistakes'

EastEnders newcomer Marc Elliott has revealed that his money-driven character Syed Masood hasn't learned from his past mistakes.

The 29-year-old - who landed the role of missing Masood Syed at Christmas - makes his screen debut next week as he attempts to reconnect with his screen family.

Speaking of his agonising wait following his three auditions, he told DS: "I waited for a couple of months in the end! They eventually told me just before Christmas that I'd been successful, so that was a nice present!"

After being caught stealing money from the family business by his father Masood over four years ago, Syed was banished from the family home, leaving Masood to foot the blame for his actions.

However, in an attempt to set things straight with his family, Syed makes contact with his mother Zainab who's more than happy to see him again.

Elliott, however, admits that Syed still hasn't changed and is still driven by money. Of his character's motives in life, he said: "It's all about the cash. His drive is to be successful and there's nothing really Machiavellian about him - well, there potentially is - but he just wants the money because he believes he can use it to make more.

He added: "[Syed]'s very cocksure and confident about himself but the absurd thing is that he hasn't learned from his past mistakes."

Elliott makes his first EastEnders appearance on Tuesday 21 April at 7.30pm on BBC One.
Source - Digital Spy

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