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'EastEnders': Shivani Ghai joins cast as Masood family friend

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Shivani Ghai has joined the cast of EastEnders.

The English-Indian Bride and Prejudice actress will play the role of Ayesha Rana, a Muslim girl who has moved to Walford for her arranged marriage.

Ayesha will reportedly move in with her family friend Zainab Masood (Nina Wadia) in order to prepare for the wedding.

However, Ayesha's arrival in December will be a shock to the system, as she is used to grander surroundings. She is described as a "naïve introvert" who is looking to fulfil her dying father's wish.

A source told The Sun: "Ayesha will be completely out of her comfort zone in Albert Square, she comes from a much more sheltered place."

Shivani Ghai said: "I've been watching EastEnders for years and am excited to be joining such an iconic show"

The actress has previously had roles in The Bill, My Hero, Doctors and Spooks among others, while more recently she starred in the movie Cleanskin opposite Sean Bean and Charlotte Rampling. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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