Nina Wadia

Nina Wadia

Nina Wadia wanted her 'EastEnders' alter-ego to die in a tragic car crash.

The 44-year-old actress recently admitted she would have preferred it if show bosses had killed off Zainab Masood, and has now revealed it would have been "great" to see the outspoken shop assistant perish in a huge explosion or a vehicle smash.

She said: "I think [Zainab's exit] really works. But I actually asked for her to be killed off! I thought it would be great to see her jump out of a plane in a huge explosion, or get rid of her in a car crash.

"The producers said that Zainab wouldn't be killed off, and that was a nice compliment. The door's been left open in case I want to go back."

Nina says the departure of Marc Elliott - who played her onscreen son Syed Masood - from the BBC One soap played a "big" part in her decision to leave the programme because she "felt out of sorts" filming the show without her best friend.

She added to Inside Soap magazine: "It was a big factor me for, yes. Marc and I were very close friends and we laughed together more than anyone else.

"Everyone had a best friend who they connect with, so when he went, I felt out of sorts."