Rakhee Thakrar on surprise EastEnders exit, Doctor Who rumour

Published Friday, Apr 15 2016, 18:20 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
EastEnders star Rakhee Thakrar has talked about her surprise exit from the soap and *those* Doctor Who rumours.

Rakhee, who played Shabnam Kazemi (nee Masood), bowed out of EastEnders in February.

Rakhee Thakrar at the Asian Awards 2016 at Grosvenor House.
8 April 2016.

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Viewers watched as Shabnam left Walford and her husband Kush Kazemi behind, choosing to embark on a new life with her daughter Jade. But her departure, in the back of a black cab, came as a surprise, as it wasn't previously announced and had been kept under wraps.

"It was nice to be part of that surprise," Rakhee told Leicester Mercury. "We didn't know if it would get leaked or not. Usually they announce an exit like that, but if people knew she was leaving they'd know Kush and Shabs weren't going to work out and we wanted to keep the audience wondering if they would or not."

Rakhee said executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins always had a vision of "Shabnam and Jade walking off hand in hand".

Rakhee continued: "I know they went off in a car in the end, but it's this thing with mother and daughter finally reunited. She entered without her daughter, holding on to this secret. I think it was bittersweet. It was happy for them but sad for Shabs and Kush. I think it was a good choice to do that."

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Rakhee joined the cast in November 2013, but would Shabnam ever make a return to Walford?

"You never know," she teased. "We've left the door open. She'll probably come back with Jade as a stroppy teenager!"

Since leaving 'Enders, Rakhee has appeared in the short film, Juliet Remembered. She has also recently been rumoured to play Doctor Who's new companion, with reports claiming she is one of a few actresses in the frame to replace Jenna Coleman.

When asked about the rumours, Rakhee said: "My way of looking at everything is just be here and see what happens. There's such a vast range of projects and roles, that I'm open to see what comes. There's nothing specifically I want to zone in on."

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