Nina Wadia's homophobic horror

Nina Wadia - who plays Zainab Masood in 'EastEnders' - has revealed she has been subjected to homophobic rants in the street

Nina Wadia

Nina Wadia

'EastEnders' star Nina Wadia has been "shocked" by the homophobic rants she's experienced.

The 41-year-old actress - who plays Zainab Masood in the BBC One soap - explained some viewers don't seem to understand the relationship between her on-screen son Syed (Marc Elliot) and Christian Clarke (John Partridge) is fictional.

She said: "I had one woman who went on and on in the supermarket. I just wanted to say, 'Look, it's fictional. Give it a rest'. I walked past some builders in Southall who told me to give the characters Syed and Christian a good hiding and teach them a lesson.

"I was shocked they said that. That they thought being homophobic was a good thing. They laughed and walked off, which made me feel horrible."

However, the star - who appeared in '90s sketch show 'Goodness Gracious Me' prior to playing Zainab - admitted the recognition she gets from fans of 'EastEnders' is different to what she experienced when she was playing a more comedic role.

Nina added to the Metro newspaper: "With comedy you get people who enjoy the sense of humour. Some people take soaps very seriously and want to discuss the social issues you're portraying. I don't want to have a political discussion every time I go to the shops."


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