EastEnders stayed above 8m viewers on Tuesday evening, the latest audience data has revealed.
The BBC One soap was seen by 8.28m from 7.30pm, as Amira went against Yusef’s wishes by coming back to the Square. The repeat screening fetched 929k on BBC Three from 10pm.
The cast of Eastenders came out to support Nina Wadia [who plays Zainab Masood] last night her new movie Four which had its premiere at the Empire cinema in London’s Leicester Square.
The actress’s screen family members Marc Elliott (Syed), Nitin Ganatra (Masood), Himesh Patel (Tamwar), Meryl Fernandes (Afia) and Preeya Kalidas (Amira) were among those present to see the film yesterday evening.
Other EastEnders stars in attendance included Ace Bhatti (Yusef), Cheryl Fergison (Heather), Matt Lapinskas (Anthony), Ricky Norwood (Fatboy), Tanya Franks (Rainie), Neil McDermott (Ryan) and Charlie G Hawkins (Darren).
Preeya Kalidas who plays Amira Shah returns to Eastenders next week as she walks in to the engagement party of her estranged husband Syed and his lover Christian.
Preeya said on her comeback, “Her [Amira] motives are that she knows that Syed has been in touch, and I think for her coming back to face the man who broke her heart, who I think she still loves. No matter how much pain she felt from the situation, I think deep down she still loves him. And, I don’t think she doesn’t want her daughter not to know her father, that’s really important for her. A little part of her thinks that her and Syed may end up back together – just a little glimmer of hope.
I’m very happy to be back, it’s been very busy, and I’ve had a lot going on, so I’m looking forward to everyone seeing what happens.”
Eastenders star Himesh Patel who plays Tamwar Masood has called for all budding photographers to enter Sightsavers special competition to have your Diwali image as the face of Sightsavers Diwali Card for 2011.
“I think the competition is a really innovative way of getting people to think about how lucky we are to have our sight. Diwali is so bright and colourful – from the diyas to the rangoli and fireworks. Imagine not being able to see the light that is at the heart of the festival of lights.” Himesh said.
Entry is simple! All entrants need to do is upload the best photos from their Diwali festivities or images that represent the festival of lights to the photo competition section of the Sightsavers Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/r3lk4M), along with a short caption that explains each photo and what it means to them. The closing date for entries is 31st August and participants can submit as many entries as they like!
Sightsavers is a registered UK charity that works in more than 30 developing countries to prevent blindness, restore sight and advocate for social inclusion and equal rights for people who are blind and visually impaired.
Preeya Kalidas is set to return to Eastenders in the well-known role of ‘Amira Shah’ who was caught up in the Gay Muslim storyline alongside Marc Elliot who plays Syed Masood.
Preeya confirmed the news on her twitter account this morning
“To all the fans that ask me everyday.. This is for you…. She’s coming back! AMIRA RETURNS!! Xxxx”
Preeya left Eastenders to pursue a music career with her debut record ‘Shimmy’ which charted at No. 85 in the UK