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Meet the Ferreira family - set to join EastEnders in early summer

The Ferreira family

Walford, home of BBC ONE's EastEnders, welcomes a new family this summer.

The Ferreiras, an Asian family of Goan descent, will move into Mark Fowler's former home.

Louise 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.

"We're delighted to welcome the Ferreiras to Albert Square, and I'm sure the viewers will be too."

The 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.

Moving into the square with Dan will be his three sons, Ronnie, Ash and Adi and daughter, Kareena.

Ronnie's friend Tariq is also becoming an EastEnder.

Cast quotes and mini-biographies

Ray Panthaki (Ronnie) - age 24.

"I'm really excited about joining EastEnders and I can't wait to get started."

Ray 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.

Dalip Tahil (Dan)

"I 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 about it.

"I 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."

Dalip is most proud of working for a year in Bombay Dreams, but is a Bollywood superstar in India.

Raji James (Ash) - age 33

"I'm really looking forward to the challenges of working on such a huge programme."

Raji 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.

Ameet Chana (Adi) - age 27

"Having 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."

Ameet 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.

Pooja Shah (Kareena) - age 23

"Joining 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."

Pooja 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.

Nabil Elouahabi (Tariq) - age 27

"I'm delighted to be part of the most popular soap in Britain and I'm really looking forward to joining a great cast."

Nabil 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.

Notes to Editors

Following in his father's footsteps? Son of Den turns up in Walford (02.03.03)

Vicki Fowler returns to EastEnders (01.12.02)

Barbara Windsor to take well-deserved break from EastEnders (23.10.02)

Michelle Ryan returns to EastEnders (27.09.02)

Todd Carty to leave EastEnders (04.07.02)

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