Nitin Ganatra to leave ‘EastEnders’ for second time


Bosses at BBC One’s ‘EastEnders’ have confirmed that Nitin Ganatra will be leaving the show.

Ganatra, who plays Masood Ahmed will be leaving the show later this year. This is the second time he will exit the show after his departure in 2016. He returned to Albert Square in late 2017.

Confirming his exit, a BBC spokesperson said, “Nitin has been a wonderful addition to the cast and we wish him all the very best for the future.”

Ganatra told Digital Spy, “When I was asked to return to EastEnders, it was always with the intention of helping set up new Asian characters that continue the Masood family adventures. With Arshad and Mariam at the helm and with the arrival of the feisty sister Iqra and Habiba, I can now venture off to new horizons as an actor.”

He added, “I am still deeply attached to Masood and have invested much emotion into making this character memorable. I am in awe of how loved he is by audiences and fans of all ages, from all cultures and religions and walks of life. Thank you. I am humbled by the love.”

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