Actress Bonnie Langford is joining the cast of EastEnders as Kush’s overprotective mother Carmel Kazemi.
The 50-year-old actress has started filming her scenes for the long-running soap and will be making her Walford debut in June when the episodes air.
Carmel is “a thoroughly modern Essex divorcee who isn't quite ready to cut the apron strings firmly attached to her son”, according to EastEnders executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins.
Langford said she was “thrilled and delighted” to be joining the show, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.
“I'm a great fan of the show and think the recent 30th anniversary was sensational and shows just how good British television can be. To be part of this family is an absolute privilege,” she added.
EastEnders Live Week
EastEnders Live Week
Kathy Beale (played by Gillian Taylforth) surprises Phil Mitchell (played by Steve McFadden) by returning to Walford, despite having been apparently killed in a car crash
Phil Mitchell (played by Steve McFadden) in confrontation with his newly returned ex-wife Kathy Beale (played by Gillian Taylforth)
Bobby Beale, 12, (played by Eliot Carrington) stands holding a music box as he is revealed to be his half-sister's killer
Kim Fox (played by Tameka Empson) goes into labour, assisted by Sonia Fowler (played by Natalie Cassidy), Tina Carter (played by Luisa Bradshaw White) and Denise Fox (played by Diane Parish)
Tanya Branning (played by Jo Joyner) has a heart-to-heart with Max Branning (played by Jake Wood)
Jane Beale (played by Laurie Brett) is shocked at what she sees
Dot Branning (played by June Brown) is driven away after confessing to the murder of her son Nick
Jane Beale (played by Laurie Bret)t tries to calm down Cindy Williams (played by Mimi Keene)
Ian Beale (played by Adam Woodyatt) holds on to the picture of his family on his doomed wedding day
Ian Beale (played by Adam Woodyatt) is stunned by Peter Beale's (played by Ben Hardy) accusations. Scene also includes Cindy Williams (played by Mimi Keene) and Jane Beale (played by Laurie Brett)
She will be starring alongside Davood Ghadam, who plays Khoroush Kazemi or “Kush”. The actor joined the soap last year as the character with a tragic past and a complicated love life.
Langford is best known for her role as the Doctor Who assistant Mel Bush, starring opposite Sylvester McCoy’s Time Lord in the Eighties. Her companion was known for her particularly loud screaming as she ran away from monsters.
She has also has a successful theatre career with parts in Cats, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Spamalot.
The former child star is not the high-profile actor to join the programme, Annette Badland, Timothy West and Nina Wadia have appeared on the soap in recent years.