Will Syed Masood return to EastEnders?

Actor Marc Elliott has news for fans of the BBC1 soap

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There’s bad news for ‘Chyed’ fans today – while Christian continues to make periodic returns to EastEnders, it doesn’t look like there’ll be any such comebacks for his husband Syed.

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Mark Elliott, who played Syed Masood between 2009 and 2012, now has a new job on the wards of Holby City – and doesn’t envisage a reappearance in Walford any time soon.

“I’m a very busy surgeon, so sadly I don’t think there’ll be enough time. I reckon my EastEnders days are done, to be honest. I had an incredible time which I think came to a very satisfying conclusion, so I’m happy to say that it’s in the past now. I don’t see myself going back there,” he told Inside Soap.

Marc Elliott with EastEnders co-star John Partridge above and with new Holby City castmate David Ames below

Elliott can be seen sporting a new look when he makes his debut on Holby City next week playing surgeon Isaac Mayfield – Syed’s long locks having been well and truly shorn. And he’s also been taking advice from former EastEnders co-star Nina Wadia, who played consultant Annabelle Cooper on the BBC1 medical drama.

“I’ve spoken to Nina a lot about the show. I was nervous about my first day, but she told me I had absolutely nothing to worry about and that I’d have a ball. I’d love to work with Nina again in the future. We had a brilliant time doing EastEnders together, and I just adore her,” Elliott added.

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

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