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EastEnders to welcome a new family, the Panesars

They'll make their way to Walford later this year.

Charming by nature but still a force to be reckoned with, the three brothers, Kheerat, Jags and Vinny, are set to cause quite the stir when they land on screens this autumn.

Eldest of the three, the charismatic Kheerat (played by Jaz Deol) is a successful businessman who knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. Determined, persuasive and confident, Kheerat lives an envious lifestyle and is idolised by his younger brother, Jags (Amar Adatia).

However while Kheerat can charm his way to anything, Jags has always struggled in the shadow of his older brother and despite his best intentions, nothing ever seems to go to plan for try-hard Jags leaving Kheerat and the rest of the family constantly unimpressed.

The youngest of the family, Vinny (Shiv Jalota) is the golden boy of the family; he’s sweet, bright and has been indulged since the day he was born. However people shouldn’t be fooled by Vinny’s innocent exterior, he’s no angel and it’s safe to say trouble is often close by.

The three brothers will land on the Square this autumn and their arrival won’t go unnoticed as they immediately find themselves going head-to-head with at least one of Walford’s families…

Speaking about the new family, Executive Producer Jon Sen said “The Panesar family are set arrive this autumn and will bring their own unique blend of charm and chaos onto the Square. A British Asian family of Punjabi Sikh heritage, Kheerat, Jags and Vinny are three very different brothers who turn up in Walford looking to settle a score - however, fate quickly takes a hand and they find themselves staying for good. We’re thrilled to be introducing this vibrant new family to Walford and to be sharing their stories.”

Jaz Deol, who plays Kheerat, said “I'm very proud and excited to be joining such an iconic show and bringing to life a character that is a reflection of the cultural background that I and many others come from in today's modern Britain. I can’t wait to get started and for viewers to meet the Panesars.”

Amar Adatia who will be taking on the role of Jags added “My younger self would never have believed I’d be on EastEnders. It’s pretty amazing to be part of one of the most iconic television shows alongside some of the best actors in the business. I really am so grateful.”

And finally, on playing the role of Vinny, Shiv Jalota said “It still hasn’t sunk in that I’m going to be on EastEnders. As a young boy, I remember being introduced to the Masood family and thinking there are people like me on television. To be part of that next generation of people representing my identity is a blessing. I couldn’t be more excited.”

EastEnders continues Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on BBC One


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