Nina Wadia reveals she TURNED DOWN EastEnders return

Rachel Babbage
Photo credit: ITV

From Digital Spy

Nina Wadia has revealed she was approached last year about returning to EastEnders – but she turned down the opportunity.

We last saw her character Zainab Masood in 2013, but Wadia admitted the lure of possible Hollywood stardom was too strong for her to return to Albert Square.

She now has the opportunity for an appearance in a brand new show in the US called Champions which has been created by US comic Mindy Kaling and Saturday Night Live's Charlie Grandy.

Speaking on This Morning, Wadia revealed: "They [BBC bosses] did [ask me back] last year, actually they did.

"But I was doing a pilot out in the States and I said I couldn't do it, I'm still waiting to hear on that [pilot]."

She added she should find out in "seven weeks" if the show has been picked up.

Photo credit: ITV

"I play a Persian nail salon owner who is an absolute piece of work, I love her," Wadia explained.

But if Champions is picked up, it will mean a change for her and children Tia, 13, and Aidan, 10.

She said of the pilot: "I didn't think it through... I genuinely don't know what I'm going to do with my family, my life or anything."

Wadia hasn't ruled out an eventual return to EastEnders though, revealing: "You never say never in this business."

Read more news, spoilers and gossip on our EastEnders homepage

Want up-to-the-minute soaps news, spoilers and gossip on your social feeds? Just hit 'Like' on our Digital Spy Soaps Facebook page and 'Follow' on our @soapscoop Twitter account.

Digital Spy Soap Scoop video – hit play below for all the latest EastEnders gossip, as Bex's bullying gets worse and Michelle tries to build bridges with her family.

You Might Also Like

By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes