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The Alpha 'mail' of the Masood family, good-natured postman Masood spends much of his time smoothing over the problems in his family.
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|First appearance:||16th October 2007|
|Address:||41 Albert Square|
As well as his postal duties, Masood used to co-run Masala Masood, and was coaxed into buying the Argee Bhajee, which he promptly handed over to Tamwar. In spite of, or often because of their business ventures, the Masood family frequently seem to be in debt. And even though his intentions are usually good, Masood often makes financial matters worse. The family business came to a head when the bailiffs arrived at Christian and Syed’s wedding, repossessing the Argee Bhajee.
Calm down, Zee, let's talk about this...Masood Ahmed
- Personal habits: Gambling, chews nails
- Favourite food: Chooza palak, cheese and onion crisps
- Favourite drink: Orange juice with lemonade
- Hobbies: Cinema
- Dislikes: Rugby
The Masoods have had their fair share of drama while they've been on the Square. Masood may stamp his foot now and then, but with a wife like Zainab, life was mostly a peace-keeping mission.
The entire family nearly burst at the seams as they struggled to deal with son Syed's homosexuality with Masood and Zainab later splitting. Masood then got together with his best mate, Jane Beale, and Zainab took up with the villainous Yusef who met his end after a heated battle with Masood in the fire at the B&B.
Shortly after, Masood and Zainab got back together, but their relationship wasn’t all plain sailing! Having the young and beautiful Ayesha in his house made Masood question his life, and he realised he was no longer happy jumping to Zainab's every command, deciding to end their relationship.
Zainab took son Kamil and left The Square. It didn’t take long for Masood to receive more female attention however. Within mere weeks of Zainab’s departure, he was setting up a date with Carol Jackson only for it to be interrupted by the arrival of Ayesha. While Masood was flattered, and tempted to run away with Ayesha, he realised that his family needed him at home and decided to give it another go with Carol.
Masood and Carol’s relationship seemed on track for a while, until her Ex, David Wicks, returned to Walford and set his sights on her once more.
Recently, Masood’s life has been shaken up even further, with the death of his mother and the acrimonious departure of AJ.
Arriving back from Pakistan after the funeral, Masood had a surprise for Tamwar – he’d brought back his sister, Shabnam. However, Shabnam had strong views about her father’s relationship with Carol.
The final straw for Masood was when Carol dumped him to be with David. Harassed by Shabnam, Mas was in danger of going off the rails. He’d already gambled away Tamwar’s uni fund in a poker game, and been suspended from work! Add in the money stolen from the market office, and The Square side pasting he got, things really aren’t looking good! Especially when he failed to tell an accused Tamwar the truth... However, rushing into Tamwar’s meeting with Aleks, Masood admitted to stealing the cash… and soon found himself homeless because of it.
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