Nina Wadia has announced that, after five years as the indomitable Zainab Masood, she plans to leave EastEnders.
“Playing Zainab has been a gift and a privilege. I’ll always be hugely proud of the talented friends I’ve worked with and I’m so grateful for the special bond with our audience who watch, care and talk to us every day – we’re a family of millions.
Letting go of something you love is never easy but the time has come to move on and every ending brings a new beginning. Here’s to future loves.” Nina added.
Nina Wadia spoke about her domestic violence storyline in Eastenders and hopes it will have a positive impact .
Wadia today told BBC News: “I think the idea behind showing a strong woman like Zainab changing like this is to show that it can happen to even the strongest of women. They can change and they can be manipulated – especially if they’re isolated from their friends and family. The manipulator can take advantage, so it’s to prove that it can even happen to people like her.”
“To be honest, if even one woman rings that Action Line at the end of the show and there’s some difference made to her life, I’ll feel like we’ve done our job,” she continued. “It is a serious issue and I’m glad it’s being highlighted.
“I hope that it wakes anyone up – not just women, I know that there are abused men out there as well. So if it gives anyone the strength to leave a relationship like that, we’ll have done our job.”
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).