Popular actress Nina Wadia has quit BBC One’s flagship drama ‘EastEnders’ after successful years as loud mouthed Zainab Masood.
“Playing Zainab has been a gift and a privilege. I’ll always be hugely proud of the talented friends I’ve worked with and I’m so grateful for the special bond with our audience who watch, care and talk to us every day – we’re a family of millions,” she said.
“Letting go of something you love is never easy but the time has come to move on and every ending brings a new beginning. Here’s to future loves,” added the actress.
‘EastEnders’ executive producer Lorraine Newman said, “For the past five years, Nina has brought to life the wonderful Zainab: the formidable, fun-loving, opinionated, fiercely competitive matriarch.”
“Nina’s range as an actor is quite exceptional, from her comedic double acts right through to her ability to pull on our heart strings with incredibly moving drama. We are very sad to be losing Nina and wish her well in ventures new. She will be missed as much by the production as by the audience.”
Wadia’s character will not be killed off but will bid an emotional farewell to the Square.
Recently her on screen son Syed and his boyfriend Christian left the popular show too.