Davood Ghadami talks tragic Holby City storyline

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Photo credit: BBC - Instagram
Photo credit: BBC - Instagram

Former EastEnders star Davood Ghadami is arriving in Holby City as a brand new character with a tragic secret.

The former Kush Kazemi actor will make his debut in the medical procedural next week as Holby's Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Eli Ebrahimi.

Speaking to Digital Spy and other media recently, Davood explained that while Eli initially seems intensely focused on his work, viewers will ultimately find out he's got challenging circumstances at home too.

"I've been really lucky actually. With a show like Holby, your focus is predominately in the hospital and his story is very work-focused, but we also have a look at the domestic side," he hinted.

Photo credit: BBC - Instagram
Photo credit: BBC - Instagram

"It's really interesting as when you pull at that thread a little bit, you get some really interesting stories. We have already shot some stuff which will come out in a few months' time which delves into his personal life. Eli is married to a lovely woman and they complement each other so well.

"Getting to see that human side of him has been great. He has an awkwardness that a lot of people would not be able to put up with but the person he has decided to spend the rest of his life with can and knows how to deal with him. We will see that they have big struggles.

"The struggles they are going through are medical and it's been really interesting to play. It makes for some really interesting, awkward conversations and situations for him which can borderline on funny but it's deadly serious.

Photo credit: Kieron McCarron - BBC
Photo credit: Kieron McCarron - BBC

"I don't know what's going beyond this but I really want them to succeed and get what they want as a couple. I am genuinely excited to see what happens and it's at that point that things get very interesting. He's very good at what he does at work, but what's going on in his personal life is a real challenge for him."

Davood added that he's thrilled to be playing such a multi-layered character coming right off his seven-year tenure exploring every facet of Kush.

"[Eli is] so interesting. He is incredibly talented – he's at the top of his game Cardiothoracic Surgeon," the actor said. "He is incredibly passionate about that job and what he does – it's almost his entire focus. As an individual, his energy is incredible. I'd say it's where he is at his happiest. He is constantly excitable because of the work he does.

"He actually carries this excitement everywhere with him and that can sometimes make him quite socially awkward I think – he's very accomplished in his profession, but one on one, I don't think he's got the social skills that I suppose someone requires for a chat in the pub. I think this maybe affects him on a more domestic level. It's really interesting to play."

The actor makes his first appearance in Holby City next Tuesday (July 27) on BBC One.

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