Nina Wadia

Nina Wadia

Shivani Ghai has joined the cast of 'EastEnders'.

The 'Bride and Prejudice' actress has been cast as Ayesha Rana, and will make her debut in Albert Square in December.

Ayesha is described as a "sweet and studious" Muslim girl who arrives in Walford for an arranged marriage. She moves in with family friend Zainab Masood - who is played by Nina Wadia - while she prepares for the wedding, but things get off to a bumpy start for her.

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

Shivani is thrilled to have joined the programme.

She said: "I am so excited."

While it is unclear whether Shivani is referring to her new castmates, the actress has branded her current workmates "absolutely bonkers".

She tweeted: "The actors I am working with are absolutely bonkers, but I LOVE them. :) (sic)"

'EastEnders' airs on BBC1 four nights a week.

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