STRICTLY star Nina Wadia has confirmed she will ‘100%’ return to EastEnders and wants bosses to call her.
The 52-year-old actress, who played the feisty matriarch of the Masood family, has said she is ready to return to the BBC soap opera nine years after her departure.
The TV star explained that a return for her character is “always on the cards” and that she would once again be ready to spice things up in Albert Square.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun about an EastEnders comeback, Nina said: “There is always a chance of a comeback, if Enders phoned us and said come back we would love to go .
“We had the time of our lives doing this show. »
Nina delighted fans earlier this week by sharing a selfie with her on-screen husband Nitin Ganatra after an unexpected reunion.
“It was amazing to see Nitin yesterday, what are the odds,” she told us at the premiere of Cirque Du Soleil’s LUZIA at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Speaking about the diversity on the soap, she said, “I haven’t seen it in a long time, but I know there’s more diversity, they had to have it.
“At the end of the day, EastEnders takes place in the East End, basically for me it’s paradise for ethnic minorities, that’s why I like going there.
“It’s more representative, I hope having families like the Masoods opened more doors for Asian characters, it was necessary. »
The soap opera star explained that she was looking forward to getting back to acting and said she was excited to return for a second series of The Outlaws.
Nina played battle ax Zainab Masood on the BBC One soap opera from 2007 to 2013.
She kept viewers hooked with a series of dramatic stories – she was often at wits end with her husband Masood, she struggled with her son’s sexuality and remarried her abusive first husband Yusef.
Nina said goodbye in Albert Square in February 2013, leaving the UK for Pakistan after a series of failed marriages.
Despite the departure of his on-screen ex-wife from EastEnders nine years ago, Nitin continued to play the role of Masood on and off until 2019.
The TV star also took part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing series, partnering professional dancer Neil Jones.
Unfortunately, she was the first celebrity to be kicked off the show in week two.
She said, “It was awesome, it was a great experience when I got to dance. »
Discussing reports that she was upset after coming out, she said, “I wasn’t bored because I wanted to learn more dancing, that was all.
“It was a bit disgusting, it was very hard because I felt like I had let myself down, like I had let down my fans, my family. That’s how I felt. So it was a bit tough.
“I loved training, I love hard work, so for me, I was 100 per cent invested, don’t get me wrong, I don’t miss blisters and sprained ankles.
“But the actual dance I was looking forward to.
“The weight just drops, I kept that and I exercise more. »
The star said she likes to “get out of her comfort zone”, but admitted she will continue to perform in the future.
She said: “I learned how hard it was, it’s not a side of TV that I really enjoy so I can’t wait to get back to acting. »
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