EastEnders’ Kush actor Davood Ghadami reunites with soap legend for new spinoff
EastEnders star Davood Ghadami, 40, has secured his first television role since Holby City was axed, and is joining another soap legend in his brand new job.
Davood was on EastEnders between 2014 and 2021 as Kush Kazemi before joining Holby City in 2021 as Eli Ebrahimi, but in the same year it was announced the medical show had been cancelled after 23 series.
But now, he's making a return as a cast member of a Death In Paradise spinoff, Beyond Paradise, and will be joined by Annette Badland, who plays Walford resident Aunt Babe.
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Veteran actor Phil Daniels – who was also on the same BBC soap – was another renowned star announced for the new ITV series, which is expected to hit screens on Friday, February 24.
Beyond Paradise follows DI Humphrey Goodman, played by Kris Marshall, and his fiancee Martha Lloyd, characterised by Sally Bretton, after their will-they-won’t-they romance reached a head back in Saint Marie in 2017.
Humphrey left Saint Marie to pursue his love for Martha with the pair finally becoming an item when he went back to London, and the new show is set to see the action shifting from the tropical climate of the Caribbean to UK shores
Holby City was created as a spin-off from BBC's Casualty and first premiered in 1999, but in December 2021 the cast finished filming for the last time.
The actors paid tribute to the medical drama as they finished filming before the finale aired in March 2022.
They said: "We are incredibly proud of Holby City but it’s with great sadness that we are announcing that after 23 years, the show will end on screen in March of next year."
Davood expressed his disappointment at leaving the cast, saying: "Tough one today," adding: "Holby City is such a wonderful place to be and I am not ready to say goodbye.
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"I will miss all the cast and crew who I feel like I have just started to get to know. I will miss playing Eli who is a gift of a character to play. Thank you to the Holby fans. I'm sorry this brilliant show has to end."
When the news of the cancellation was first signalled, he said: "I've only had the privilege of being part of Holby City for a couple of months but it's already very clear that it's a great big family not a workplace.
"It will be sorely missed. Lets go out with a bang."
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