But with a host of actors, including now-movie star Rob Kazinsky, returning to Albert Square, would Himesh ever make a comeback too?
Speaking to Digital Spy ahead of the release of his new film, the former Tamwar Masood actor said: "I've not been asked. But at the moment, I think life's taking a different direction. But you never say never."
He's the latest soap star to make the transition to movies, which can be difficult for actors when they're so closely associated with one particular character, plus the fact that soaps can be unfairly looked down upon in the industry.
"I didn't feel it when I was working on [Yesterday]," he revealed. "And, you know, whether it means that I'm scrutinised more when it does come out, obviously I don't know. I don't know whether to expect that or not.
"But the fact that I'm even in this position is a step that I don't think has happened. Well, it's been happening slowly.
"There's friends of mine who have been doing really great work since leaving soaps. It's something that I think has been changing.
"I'm glad that, you know, someone like me, who did nine years on a soap, can now go on and do something like this. That's kind of a step in the right direction, I think."
Yesterday is in UK cinemas on June 28.
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