Doctors legend Bharti Patel appears on EastEnders in Harvey storyline Monroe twist

Bharti Patel as Maya Houssain in EastEnders
-Credit: (Image: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)


EastEnders welcomed a new arrival to Albert Square on Wednesday (May 29) and they will be a familiar face to some soap fans. Actress Bharti Patel is best known for playing Ruhma Carter in the BBC medical soap Doctors between 2015 and 2024.

But she has now rolled up to Walford as football fan Maya Houssain and has instantly struck up a friendship with lonely Harvey Monroe (Ross Boatman). As fans of the BBC One soap will know, cab driver Harvey has been feeling isolated after his best pals Mitch Baker (Roger Griffiths) and Rocky Cotton (Brian Conley) bowed out of the East End.

Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) has encouraged her partner Harvey to try and make new friends but he was left disappointed when he wasn't invited on a night out with the Slaters. But while walking through the market, Harvey unexpectedly bumped into Maya and they hit it off thanks to their love of Tottenham Hotspur.

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Bharti Patel as Maya Houssain and Ross Boatman as Harvey Monroe in EastEnders
Bharti Patel as Maya Houssain and Ross Boatman as Harvey Monroe in EastEnders -Credit:BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

Their friendship blossomed further when Harvey gave Maya a ride in his cab as they gushed over their favourite Spurs players, but are the pair just friends?

EastEnders fans have been left urging bosses to keep Maya on the show but do not want an affair to blossom between her and Harvey. Taking to X, one viewer wrote: "Nice to see Bharti Patel in #EastEnders; hope it’s not a one-off."

A second stated: "Welcome to Walford Maya played by Doctors Star Bharti Patel #EastEnders #Doctors", followed by a series of clapping hand emojis. Meanwhile, a third added: "#EastEnders I swear if Harvey cheats on Jean I’m storming the BBC."

"First appearance of Maya Houssain #EastEnders", excitedly added another. "So Rumer’s hitched a taxi ride to #eastenders from #Doctors", pointed out one fan. "#EastEnders Oh.... it's the midwife from Doctors!", exclaimed one viewer.

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