EastEnders just hasn’t been the same since the Masood family left our screens. First setting foot in Albert Square in 2007, the Masoods were introduced by then executive producer Diederick Santer to ‘diversify’ the soap and make it ‘feel more 21st century’. The Masoods were the first Muslim family to live in Albert Square since the Karims in the late 80s and the first Asian clan since the unpopular Ferreiras in 2003, who were axed after two years for being “unrealistic”. Fiery Zainab was the first member of the family to appear and was shortly followed by her husband Masood and their two kids. Nina Wadia and Nitin Gantra had actually already played a married couple in the play ‘D’Yer Eat With Your Fingers?’ and won awards for their on-screen partnership. The Masoods had an explosive time in Walford, literally, but what happened to the cast once the family all departed? Nina Wadia – Zainab Masood Zainab was the tough battle-axe who annoyed everyone ( Image: BBC) Nina had a lot of fun on set ( Image: BBC) Get the news you want straight to your inbox. Sign up for a Mirror newsletter here . The matriarch of the Masood… Read full this story
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