Hollyoaks: meet the Maalik boys! First interview with newcomers Rishi Nair and Ijaz Rana

The lads tease a secret link between the Maaliks and the Nightingales


More members of Hollyoaks’ newest family move in next week when Misbah Maalik’s sons make their first appearance.


Teenager Imran makes an impactful entrance when he surprises his mum by jumping out of one of the boxes while she’s moving in to Adam and Maxine Donovan’s old house. But stepson Sami’s arrival later in the week is greeted with less enthusiasm by Misbah, as it emerges the pair share a dark secret about her late husband – and Sami’s father – which is the real reason the eldest Maalik kid has come to Hollyoaks, and intriguingly it involves the Nightingales…

In their first interview, Rishi Nair (Sami) and Ijaz Rana (Imran) talk about joining Hollyoaks and what’s in store for the mysterious Maaliks.


How does it feel to be joining the Hollyoaks cast?

Ijaz: I feel truly honoured to be a part of this amazing cast that’s full of lovely and aspiring people. Everyone has been extremely supportive with helping me settle into the hectic world of soap.

Rishi: I found out I got the role in early February so it has been a long wait to start filming, which seemed twice as long as I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone! I am absolutely thrilled to be finally be working on set.

The Maaliks have been around for a while, what’s it like being part of an established family?

Ijaz: Exciting! It feels like we’re a real family, because we get on so well and understand each other.

Rishi: Harvey (Virdi, who plays Misbah), Krupa (Pattani, aka Farrah) and Haiesha (Mistry, Yasmine) have already set the bar high in terms of what they all bring to the show, both individually with their characters and collectively as a family. What they have set up for the Maaliks has allowed Ijaz and myself to integrate so well. The dynamics in the Maalik family are so different and interesting – the writers have really hit the nail on the head.


What are Sami’s motives for turning up in the village?

Rishi: Well, Sami arrives with a huge secret and he has come back for payback from a certain someone! I don’t want to give too much away, you’ll have to tune in…

What’s been the best day on set so far?

Ijaz: For me it has to be the very first day, because it was the most nerve-racking yet the most exciting day ever! I was so nervous and apprehensive about getting in front of the camera, but the experience was just fantastic.

Rishi: There have been so many to choose from, so it’s hard to pick one, but I think nothing will be quite as crazy as my first day. Having watched the show myself, it really was a surreal moment.

Who would you like to work with in the future?

Ijaz: It would be nice to have scenes with other young characters and explore the chemistry between Imran and those his age. Imran has quite an introvert personality around those he doesn’t know, so I’m excited to see whether he creates bonds with those outside the family.

Rishi: There are so many great actors on this show that it would be unfair to pick one. My mission is to work with every single cast member!

Can you tease anything about what is coming up for your characters?

Ijaz: Well, I can say there’s a lot of nostalgia involved which leads to a whole bunch of things getting unravelled!

Rishi: Well, Sami is here for revenge so it will be interesting to see how much he succeeds in that. He also has an eye for the ladies and prefers not be tied down in a relationship. But could a certain someone change that?


Hollyoaks continues weeknights on E4 at 7pm and on Channel 4 at 6.30pm.