Theatre icon Bonnie Langford is the latest West End star to be cast in EastEnders! The actress will play Carmel Kazemi, Kush’s mother in the BBC1 soap opera.
An Essex girl at heart, overly protective Carmel loves her children but has a tendency to embarrass them. With her outspoken ways, will she be able to win over the residents of Albert Square?
Langford said: "I’m so thrilled and delighted to be part of EastEnders. 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."
Dominic Treadwell-Collins (Executive Producer) said: "Bonnie Langford is a British institution – and an old-school hard-graft actress gifted at both comedy and serious drama. Bonnie brings wit, pathos and a touch of class to Carmel Kazemi – a thoroughly modern Essex divorcée who isn’t quite ready to cut the apron strings firmly attached to her son Kush. Even if it means clashing spectacularly with an already prickly Shabnam…"
Other theatre stars to recently join EastEnders include Denise Van Outen (Legally Blonde), Maria Friedman (Ragtime), Declan Bennett (Once) and Danny-Boy Hatchard (Beautiful Thing).
Langford, who most recently starred in the West End productions of Spamalot and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, will start filming her scenes this month ahead of her first appearance in June.
She has starred in countless musicals including 9 to 5, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, Oklahoma!, 42nd Street, Me and My Girl, The Pirates of Penzance, Cats, Gypsy and Gone with the Wind. On screen Langford she has starred in Opportunity Knocks, Bugsy Malone, Just William, The Hot Shoe Show, Doctor Who and Dancing on Ice.