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Don't Look Up Fans Thrilled After Spotting EastEnders Star In Film

Lisa McLoughlin


Don't Look Up Fans Thrilled After Spotting EastEnders Star In Film

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Don't Look Up viewers were left doing a double take when they spotted former EastEnders star Himesh Patel in the flick.

The British actor played Tamwar Masood on the BBC soap from 2007 to 2016.


Fans will remember Tamwar left Albert Square at the time to go travelling with girlfriend Nancy Carter, who he later married and settled down with in New Zealand.

While Tamwar said goodbye to Walford, Himesh himself said goodbye to the UK, swapping London for Los Angeles as his career took a cinematic turn.

The 31-year-old has been making waves in Hollywood since leaving the soap and played the lead character in Danny Boyle's musical comedy Yesterday.

He has also starred opposite John David Washington and Robert Pattinson in Chris Nolan's science fiction epic Tenet.

Himesh plays Jennifer Lawrence's love interest in the Netflix film (credit: Netflix)
Himesh plays Jennifer Lawrence's love interest in the Netflix film (credit: Netflix)

Now Himesh's latest role playing Jennifer Lawrence's love interest Phillip in Don't Look Up has delighted soap fans, many of whom flocked to social media to share their pride over his appearance in the Netflix flick.

One excited viewer penned: "Omg Tamwar from Eastenders has done so well!! Watching him in 'Dont Look Up' ( great film so far btw).

"From the Minute Mart to being in a film with Leonardo dicaprio!! Big Stuff!!" (sic).

A proud fan added: "Can't believe Tamwar from Eastenders is in a movie with big Leonardo Di Caprio, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Jonah Hill lol! I feel like a proud mum"(sic).

"Himesh Patel aka Tamwar from Eastenders has really done well for himself," another delightedly wrote.

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

"Gone from being in Eastenders to acting alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in a star-studded movie. You love to see it."

A fourth soap fan shared: "Omg Himesh Patel popping up everywhere in big movies now - little Tamwar Masood how proud @bbceastenders must be!!".

Reflecting on his latest role, Himesh admitted he is "still pinching" himself that he got to star opposite the crème de le crème of Hollywood.

Speaking to W Magazine, he said: "... Or Meryl Streep, or Mark Rylance, or Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill, the list goes on.

"I'm still pinching myself that I'm in a movie with these people."

Don't Look Up is available to stream on Netflix now.

Topics: TV & Film, Eastenders, Netflix

Lisa McLoughlin
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