EastEnders airs Masood’s poignant final episode

Actor Nitin Ganatra bowed out after nine years on the BBC1 soap

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Masood Ahmed and his son Kamil have left Albert Square in an emotional episode of EastEnders just broadcast on BBC1.

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Masood – who has been a staple part of life in Walford since 2007 – exited for a new life in Pakistan after re-establishing relations with ex-wife Zainab.

Despite Denise’s last-ditch attempt to convince him to stay, Masood opted to say goodbye after explaining that there were too many ghosts and painful memories in the neighbourhood.

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Tearjerking scenes also saw him say a silent prayer by a tree planted in the memory of Zaair, daughter Shabnam’s son who was stillborn in September last year.

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Actor Nitin Ganatra recently told RadioTimes.com that he will be seen next in the Channel 5 series Corfu Kitchen, a new travelogue cookery show.

As for whether we’ve really seen the last of Masood, the star added: “I’d love to come back. I really love the character and I still think there’s something about Masood that we haven’t discovered yet.

“He’s still got a lot of surprises in him. It’s just that after nine years, I need to go off and do some movies and stage work again. But I’ve made such good friends here. And it would be a privilege to come back.”

So perhaps we should expect that taxi to be wending its way back to Walford at some point in the future.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.

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