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'EastEnders': Masood "tempted" by Ayesha, says Nitin Ganatra

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EastEnders star Nitin Ganatra has admitted that his character Masood Ahmed is "tempted" when Ayesha Rana tries to seduce him next week.

Masood is faced with a few surprises over the next few days as Ayesha declares her love for him before later trying to catch his attention by confronting him in just a towel.

Masood is shocked to find Ayesha in just a towel wanting his attention.

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Although Masood is already aware that Ayesha (Shivani Ghai) has a crush on him, he is shocked to see just how strong her feelings are.

Ganatra told Inside Soap: "Masood's in a real dilemma! Whether you're a man or a woman, if you've been in a relationship for 30 years, it does take the excitement out of things.

"So for a young lady to emerge from his bathroom and say, 'Take me, I'm yours' - well, of course he's tempted!"

He continued: "Don't forget, Masood is a guy who was frolicking in a hotel room with Jane Beale not that long ago. It's natural and honest for Masood to be tempted by Ayesha - but it's how he acts upon it that will count now."

Nitin Ganatra as Masood Ahmed in EastEnders

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Shivani Ghai as Ayesha Rana in EastEnders

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Viewers will also see Ayesha try to convince Masood that she is a much better match for him than his partner Zainab (Nina Wadia), who bows out from the show next month.

Ganatra explained: "Ayesha's remarks hit home. She says things like, 'Zainab doesn't even look at you any more' and, 'She doesn't appreciate all the work that you do for her'.

"Ayesha and Masood get along really well. She makes him laugh and they have a lot in common. If you take the age gap out of the situation, they're a match."

EastEnders continues tomorrow (January 24) at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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