Nina Wadia's homophobic horror

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 September 2010
Nina Wadia

Nina Wadia

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

'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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