EastEnders star Nitin Ganatra teases Ayesha return

'EastEnders' star Nitin Ganatra has suggested his character Masood Ahmed will be "put on the spot" as he teased viewers about the return of Ayesha Rana later this month

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Masood and Ayesha

Nitin Ganatra and Shivani Ghai in EastEnders

'EastEnders' star Nitin Ganatra has teased viewers about the return of character Ayesha Rana later this month.

The 45-year-old actor, who plays Masood Ahmed in the soap, suggested his own character will be "put on the spot" when Ayesha (played by Shivani Ghai) returns following her departure earlier this week.

Although the star refused to give details on how his character will handle her latest advances, he left fans to speculate on where the storyline may go, particularly now Masood's long-term partner Zainab (Nina Wadia) has left the show.

Speaking on 'This Morning' yesterday (08.02.13), Nitin said: "I think [Ayesha] will return and put Masood on the spot again. She may even offer herself up again. What's a man to do?

"I get a lot of pats on the back at the moment from the guys, and a lot of, 'So? Will you, won't you?' "

Nitin and Nina have been played a married couple on the soup for five years, and he admitted it was "very emotional" filming their final scenes together.

He added: "It was very emotional doing those. Nina and I have known each other for a very, very long time.

"We've been playing husband and wife for five years and we have a really good rapport."

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