EastEnders: Bride & Prejudice actress Shivani Ghai to play Masood housemate Ayesha

New character will arrive in December ahead of an arranged marriage

Bride & Prejudice actress Shivani Ghai has joined the cast of EastEnders. She will play the role of Ayesha Rana, a Muslim woman who arrives in Walford this December. 


Described as sweet, studious and rather shy, Ayesha has lived a sheltered life. Since the death of her beloved father, she has been left alone with a distant mother and uncaring brothers. 

“I’ve been watching EastEnders for years and am excited to be joining such an iconic show,” Ghai commented. The actress’s previous screen credits include appearances in House of Saddam, Five Days II and Clean Skin. 


Ayesha will be seen moving in with the Masoods after agreeing to fulfil her father’s dying wish by going through with an arranged marriage.