Shakil, the youngest son of Carmel Kazemi and brother of Kush, will shake up the youth dynamic in Albert Square when he arrives in EastEnders.
Shaheen Jafargholi, 19 – who made the Britain’s Got Talent finals in 2009 – has been cast as the popular 15-year-old lad.
Shaheen said: “I’m so excited to be joining [EastEnders]. I’ve been a fan since I was a little kid so to now be a part of something so iconic is an honour. I’m also really excited to be working with a legend such as Bonnie Langford. I’m having so much fun playing her son and can’t wait for people to finally meet Shaki.”
Known as ‘Shaki’ by his friends and family, the cheeky teenager arrives in the Square determined to reunite his parents who previously divorced. Things don’t quite go to plan however and he soon moves to the sSquare to be with his mum and brother.
At 15, it doesn’t take the popular Shakil long to find himself at home in Walford. But will there be a romance on the cards?
Shaheen previously starred on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2009, where he made it through to the final.
Watch his first BGT audition:
Shaheen has also appeared in Casualty and Torchwood.