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Super-geek Tamwar looked like he was bound for the ivory towers of academia, but luckily he decided to stay in Walford to lend his blend of sardonic put-downs and dry wit to every occasion...
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|First appearance:||1st October 2007|
|Address:||41 Albert Square|
His failure to get into Oxbridge was a massive blow to overbearing mum Zainab, who was using her son's academic achievements as a stick to beat arch-rival Denise Johnson. However, he earned her forgiveness by rescuing the family (temporarily) from financial ruin and became the proud owner of the Argee Bhajee... until brother Syed ran it into the ground and the bailiffs were called!
- Allergies: Cats
- Likes: Sci-Fi and stand-up comedy
- Dislikes: Football
- Signature dish: Aloo gobi
- Favourite food: Fish and chips
Unlike his handsome brother Syed, nerdy Tamwar didn’t have much luck in love when the family first arrived on The Square. He made a pass at Syed's lady Amira, and rather than the saucy smacker he craved, got a smack across the face instead.
While his cheek was still stinging, Afia came along. She saw past his awkward nerdy-ness, romance blossomed and she became his wife.
But outside forces pushed Tamwar and Afia apart. Her father Yusef drove a wedge through Tamwar's family, and nearly destroyed his mother. Yusef died in a fire, in which Tamwar received serious burns.
Tamwar and Afia's relationship never quite recovered. Ultimately, they realised that they wanted different things from life - Afia left on her moped for travel and adventure, Tamwar stayed at home.
Zainab's leaving was a massive blow to Tamwar, and finding out about his Dad's near miss with the fragrant Ayesha made Tamwar feel even angrier and isolated. Masood encouraged Tamwar to get a job as market inspector to give him confidence and to raise money to finally send Tamwar off to university... but unfortunately no one seems to respect Tamwar's authority... least of all Kat and Bianca who wind Tamwar up constantly.
Alice noticed the grief that Tamwar was getting, and gave him the confidence to get his own back. Since then, a spark ignited between the pair, and they began dating.
Anyone could be forgiven for thinking that they were The Square’s hot new couple, but with Michael interfering things are not as they seem, and Alice is starting to knock Tamwar back. With Michael now deleting his messages from Alice’s phone, and the latest advice from his Dad to do the opposite of what ever she says, will he be able to win back his princess?
It seems he can! Worried about his burns, Tamwar and Alice finally spent the night together, much to Fatboy’s delight. After receiving mixed signals the morning after the night before, he seemed to be back on track, as he headed off for a second night at Alice’s.
- Playing Tamwar Masood is Himesh's first professional acting job
- On the morning of his EastEnders audition, he had to sit his GCSE science exam. Luckily, he passed both!
- His interests include playing football and creative writing, particularly scripts. He wrote episode 2 of series 3 of E20.
- Himesh's sister once spotted Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed) in a restaurant and got his autograph for Himesh. On hearing that Himesh wanted to be an actor, Nitin wrote a note hoping that they would work together some day. Little did he know that Himesh would one day play his on-screen son!
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