the Ferreira family - set to join EastEnders in early summer
Walford, home of BBC ONE's EastEnders, welcomes a new family this
Ferreiras, an Asian family of Goan descent, will move into Mark
Fowler's former home.
Berridge, Executive Producer of EastEnders, says: "After a
search which has taken more than two years, and in which we have
met literally hundreds of people, we have finally found the perfect
cast for our dynamic new family.
delighted to welcome the Ferreiras to Albert Square, and I'm sure
the viewers will be too."
father of the family is Dan Ferreira, played by Dalip Tahil who
has worked for a year in Bombay Dreams in London's West End. He
is a Bollywood superstar in India.
into the square with Dan will be his three sons, Ronnie, Ash and
Adi and daughter, Kareena.
friend Tariq is also becoming an EastEnder.
quotes and mini-biographies
Panthaki (Ronnie) - age 24.
really excited about joining EastEnders and I can't wait to get
has starred alongside Sacha Baron Cohen as Ali G's rival in last
year’s big British comedy, Ali G In Da House. He also appeared
in the recent film thriller 28 Days Later.
am excited without a doubt about joining EastEnders. I feel it's
something I'm really lucky to be involved with and I'm very happy
have always been aware of EastEnders - that it is this long-running
series seen by millions of people - but it wasn't until I arrived
in the UK to appear in Bombay Dreams that I realised it was so much
a part of British culture and mainstream television. It's going
to be a big adventure."
is most proud of working for a year in Bombay Dreams, but is a Bollywood
superstar in India.
James (Ash) - age 33
really looking forward to the challenges of working on such a huge
is best known for his portrayal of DS Vik Singh on The Bill and
as Abdul Khan in East is East. Other recent projects include Waking
The Dead, Murder In Mind and Holby City.
Chana (Adi) - age 27
worked for 12 years within the acting community, it's nice to join
a show as popular and as well-loved as EastEnders and to be part
of something that's talked about by everyone."
starred in last summer's hit film Bend It Like Beckham. He has also
appeared in BBC TWO's League of Gentlemen, and will shortly appear
in Bollywood Queen, a film shortlisted for the Sundance Film Festival.
Shah (Kareena) - age 23
EastEnders is a dream come true. I have been a fan of the programme
for many years and I'm looking forward to joining the cast."
has starred in Sky One's Harry On The Boat. Her first professional
theatre performance was in Untouchable at the Bush Theatre, and
she also appeared in Bend It Like Beckham.
Elouahabi (Tariq) - age 27
delighted to be part of the most popular soap in Britain and I'm
really looking forward to joining a great cast."
has appeared in the films Asylum and Ali G In Da House and his television
work includes Only Fools and Horses, Attachments, As If, Casualty
and The Bill.
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Fowler returns to EastEnders (01.12.02)
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Ryan returns to EastEnders (27.09.02)
Carty to leave EastEnders (04.07.02)
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