Bonnie Langford joins EastEnders

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Former Doctor Who star Bonnie Langford is joining the cast of EastEnders to play Carmel Kazemi – Kush’s mother.

Viewers may very well be shocked when she arrives in Walford this June, but not as shocked as her on screen son.

Carmel is Kush Kazemi’s mother and bosses say she’s not prepared to lose her control over her son as she’s set to clash with her son’s love interest, Shabnam Masood.

Talking about joining the soap, Langford said: “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. To be part of this family is an absolute privilege.”

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Executive Producer, added: “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…”

Langord will begin filming later this month and her first on-screen appearance will be seen in June.

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