EastEnders cast Shivani Ghai as new Masood

EastEnders producers have cast Shivani Ghai in the new role of Ayesha Rana, who joins the Masood family in an arranged marriage.

Shivani, who has appeared in films such as Bride and Prejudice and House of Saddam and TV series Five Days II and Clean Skin, said: "I’ve been watching EastEnders for years and am excited to be joining such an iconic show."

Her character, Ayesha, is 'sweet, shy and studious... and has lived a sheltered life,' according to EastEnders.

However, since the tragic death of her beloved father, she has been left alone with a distant mother and uncaring brothers. 

Ayesha is determined to fulfil her father’s dying wish and finds herself in Walford after deciding to go through with an arranged marriage.

Completely out of her comfort zone, but excited by the new opportunities, will this naive introvert find her voice in the dysfunctional Masood household?

Shivani will be first seen on screen in December.

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