Another member of the Maalik family arrives in Hollyoaks this autumn – meet Misbah’s youngest son Imran, brother of Yasmine and Farrah and half-brother to Sami.
Quiet, sensitive Imran is the baby of the Maalik clan with a deep love of photography passed on by his late father, who the lad is still struggling without since losing him.
In such a noisy, hectic family, Imran has always felt like ‘the forgotten child’, very much in the shadow of suave half-brother Sami and his big sisters who both have big personalities: clever psychotherapist Farrah and gobby schoolgirl Yasmine – who is often the family’s focus due to her serious heart condition.
Despite this, Imran and Yasmine have a strong bond and are more like best mates than siblings.
As Imran and Sami join the rest of the family to settle into Hollyoaks village this autumn, the lad’s journey from the sidelines to the spotlight will be explored.
Playing Imran is newcomer Ijaz Rana in his first screen role. “Joining Hollyoaks has been a pleasure,” says Rana, “not only because it’s my first onscreen job but also because being part of the family has been a heart-warming experience.
“I’m very excited to keep working on this character and am looking forward to how the audience feel about him.”
Imran and Sami’s appearance was teased in today’s Hollyoaks autumn trailer, which you can watch below. The characters will appear on screen at the end of this month.
Hollyoaks continues weeknights on E4 at 7pm and on Channel 4 at 6.30pm.