Shabnam Masood’s secret baby is not only going to come between her and Kush, but it’s going to push him into the arms of her best friend, Stacey Branning, according to EastEnders’ Davood Ghadami and Rakhee Thakrar.

Davood told What’s on TV at the British Soap Awards: “Shabnam keeps quite frosty and quiet with Kush. Kush doesn’t know why this is and where it’s going. And he’s already had to work quite hard to get some kind of romantic relationship going…”

Rakhee added: “And then she closes off again and puts up the shutters and it’s back to square one, which leads [Kush] down a different path”

Davood continued: “Shabnam effectively pushes me into the arms of her best friend (Stacey) in the end and that’s where we’re heading…  There’s a lot guilt flying around, a lot of passion, a lot of romance, this summer. It’s going to be very interesting.”

The British Soap Awards will screen on ITV this Thursday, May 21.