EastEnders casts Masood's brother AJ

EastEnders' Masood Ahmed is to be taken back to his childhood when his younger brother, AJ, arrives in Albert Square.

Paul Sharma has been cast as mechanic AJ in the soap, who will arrive in the show later this year hoping to rebuild his relationship with Masood, played by Nitin Ganatra.

Rebel AJ is set to cause trouble for Masood within minutes of his arrival, and as the complete opposite of his sister-in-law Zainab Masood, played by Nina Wadia, those two are set to clash.

But it is also revealed that as the brothers begin to bond, much to Zainab's disapproval, Masood will start to wonder if AJ has really come just to see him, or if he is running away from something. 

An Eastenders statement teased: "Using his trusty coin to make his decisions for him, AJ is the polar opposite to his control freak sister-in-law. Sparks will fly in the Masood household as the battle lines are drawn."

Sharma previously starred in Casualty and Doctors, and also worked with Nitin Ganatra on Meet the Magoons.


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