EastEnders’ Shakil joins Casualty as new ED nurse Marty

Shaheen Jafargholi will play a cheeky newcomer to the hospital this autumn

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Former EastEnders star Shaheen Jafargholi is joining the cast of BBC medical drama Casualty as new ED nurse Marty, who arrives later this year.

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Described as having a razor sharp wit, cocky Marty soon discovers that there’s more to his job than he realised and he’ll need more than a cheeky wink and a clever one-liner to survive life on the wards.

“I am delighted to be joining the cast of Casualty and continuing to work with the BBC,” says the star. “It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, moving to Cardiff where the show is filmed, getting my head into a brand new character and meeting the super lovely and welcoming cast and crew. I have been a fan of the series for years so to get to be a part of it is fantastic.”

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The actor will appear alongside fellow ex-Albert Square resident Maddy Hill (Nancy Carter) who recently made her debut as paramedic Ruby Spark.

Jafargholi rose to fame as a child singing sensation on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 and won the part of teenager Shakil Kazemi in EastEnders in 2016. Earlier this year the character was killed off in a controversial knife crime plot which saw Shaki fatally stabbed in a fight with a gang, leaving the community shocked and grieving.

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He has already started filming on set and appears on screen late autumn.

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