Shabnam leaves EastEnders in shock scenes: fans are 'devastated'!

Published Saturday, Feb 6 2016, 07:57 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
EastEnders fans have been left 'heartbroken' and 'devastated' after Shabnam Masood left Albert Square.

In scenes shown on Friday night (5 February), BBC1 viewers were shocked when immensely popular character Shabnam decided to leave Walford for a fresh start with her daughter Jade.

EastEnders' Shabnam Masood (Rakhee Thakrar).


The exit had been kept fiercely guarded and came as a complete shock to soap fans - who seemed genuinely sad to say goodbye to the character, played by actress Rakhee Thakrar.

In fact, the storyline had so many viewers talking, the name Shabnam was trending all night!

EastEnders' Shabnam Masood (Rakhee Thakrar) and Kush Kazemi (Rakhee Thakrar) have a difficult conversation, 5 February 2016.


Scenes between Shabnam and her husband Kush Kazemi - who'd cheated on her and fathered a son Arthur with her best friend Stacey Branning - left EastEnders fans weeping into their choccie biccies.

Rakhee Thakrar joined the cast of the BBC soap two years ago, and a significant storyline was Shabnam's tragic stillbirth last year - for which she was nominated for the Best Serial Drama Performance award at the National Television Awards last month.

Rakhee says of her exit: "My experience on this show has been really special, and I'm so grateful for having the chance to have played Shabs, she's a real gift. [She's] a complicated character, who I've loved getting to know.

"Now, I feel like it's the time to try different projects and new people to play. It was a hard decision as I really love this character and this show.​"

After the storyline aired, Rakhee acknowledged the love on Twitter with a simple heart emoji and a tweet saying: "Thank you. I miss you already (you know what I mean....)."

And here's how some of the thousands of Twitter fans reacted to Shabnam's departure...

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