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Mariam and Arshad's Granddaughters to Join EastEnders

Iqra and Habiba Ahmed, played by Priya Davdra and Rukku Nahar will appear on screen early 2019.


Born and bred in the East End, the girls are a force to be reckoned with and they stop at nothing to get what they want. Defiant, smart and confident the sisters quickly make an impact on Walford.


Eldest of the two, Iqra is no-nonsense, bold and intelligent and she arrives with a clear goal but she soon learns that life in the Square is never simple, especially when her sister is involved.


Full of heart, the bubbly Habiba is full of the best intentions but trouble never seems to be too far behind but luckily for Habiba, neither is her sister who often has to clear up her sister’s mess.


As soon as they arrive in Walford they are quick to spin their Uncle Masood a lie about why they’re there but as the girls settle into life at number 41 it soon becomes clear their arrival may not be all as it seems…



For Priya Davdra, Iqra is her first television and speaking about getting the part, she said “EastEnders was such a big part of my life growing up and I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the show. Walking on to the set for the first time was such an amazing experience. I can’t wait for viewers to meet the sisters and see how much drama they’re going to cause.”


Whilst Rukku Nahar is not a newcomer to soap land, having previously starred in Hollyoaks as well as Casualty and CBBC’s Wolf Blood. On playing Habiba, she said “I’m so excited to have joined EastEnders, it’s a show I’ve grown up watching and stepping onto Albert Square is just unreal! Habiba is great fun to play and I’m so happy to be working alongside Priya. Can’t wait for you all to see what we get up to on the Square.”


Speaking of their arrival Kate Oates, Senior Executive Producer for EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City said “The sisters are certainly going to be a force to be reckoned with. Their arrival will throw number 41 into chaos as they become a nightmare for Mariam and Arshad. Residents of Walford beware, take on one of the sisters and you take on the pair.”


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

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