Bonnie Langford joins EastEnders to play Kush’s mum

The actress and West End star will debut on the BBC1 soap in June

Theatre star and former Doctor Who companion Bonnie Langford is to join BBC1 soap EastEnders – to play Carmel Kazemi, the mother of market-stall holder Kush (Davood Ghadami).

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Langford, has been starring in the musical of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, will swap London’s West End for the East End when she starts filming later this month for a role that viewers will see from June.

“I’m so thrilled and delighted to be part of EastEnders. I’m a great fan of the show and think the recent 30th anniversary was sensational and shows just how good British television can be,” the actress said. “To be part of this family is an absolute privilege.”

The character of Essex girl Carmel is said to be overly protective and with a tendency to embarrass her children. But her outspoken ways will surely help her fit in among the forthright residents of Albert Square.

Langford herself is used to playing no-nonsense types having found early fame as Violet Elizabeth Bott in Just William before going on to play outspoken Mel Bush alongside Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy in Doctor Who.

Speaking of his latest signing, executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: “Bonnie Langford is a British institution – and an old-school hard-graft actress gifted at both comedy and serious drama.

“Bonnie brings wit, pathos and a touch of class to Carmel Kazemi – a thoroughly modern Essex divorcée who isn’t quite ready to cut the apron strings firmly attached to her son Kush.

“Even if it means clashing spectacularly with an already prickly Shabnam…”   

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

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