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EastEnders signs Gurlaine Kaur Garcha to play Iqra’s girlfriend

Former UK Taekwondo champion Gurlaine Kaur Gaucha has been signed up by BBC show EastEnders to play Iqra Ahmed’s girlfriend Ash.

The 25-year-old will arrive in Walford later in an episode to be aired on 29th August when Iqra decides to come out to her grandparents in emotional scenes.

Earlier this week, Iqra come out to her sister Habiba, explaining that she was in a relationship with a woman. Iqra is the show’s first Muslim lesbian character, though the soap did previously have her cousin, Syed Masood come out as gay in a storyline in 2009.

Iqra Ahmed’s girlfriend Ash (Image: BBC)

As Iqra prepares to drop the bombshell, Ash arrives for moral support. Despite being wracked with nerves, Iqra proudly announces that Ash is her girlfriend – but how will Mariam and Arshad react?

Gurlaine’s previous TV shows include roles in Holby City and Doctors as well as being a former UK Taekwondo champion.