Soaplife discovers from Davood Ghadami that EastEnders’ newcomer Kush is a charming ladies’ man with a secret past… And big plans for a calendar of naked Albert Square residents!

Why does Kush suggest the calendar?
“Sonia [Natalie Cassidy] is trying to come up with ideas for a charity fundraiser for Fat Busters and Kush suggests a calendar of all the people who work on the market. Later on, he suggests they go naked.”

Does anybody want to do it?
“Well, it’s difficult to win people round at first. But once one person does it, the floodgates open.”

Kush is happy to strip off – and no wonder, with his body!
“A few years ago, something like that would have been a problem for me. But around the time EastEnders offered me the part, I’d increased my training – I do something called Cross Fit that started in America. I’m very happy with the results.”

Is Kush single?
“Yes he is and he’s a bit of a ladies’ man. He did flirt with Shabnam [Rakhee Thakrar], but she’s a bit of a rock. That’s something to keep an eye on. He may find Shabnam a challenge. He might try it on with everyone. He’s quite a joker and will have his eye on more than one person.”

Does he have romantic feelings for Sonia?
“Sonia’s a familiar face as Kush knows Martin [James Bye]. It’s a friendship, but he’ll quickly make new friends as he’s not a shy guy.”

Does he have any skeletons in the closet?
“Everybody has a dark side. Kush has a troubled past, which will be explored. It may be the reason he’s the way he is.”

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