A TALENTED young actor from Huntingdonshire has landed a part in EastEnders. And life as the postmistresses son in Albert Square is home from home for 17-year-old Himesh Patel — he really is the son of a postmistress as well as a former Hunts Post paperb

A TALENTED young actor from Huntingdonshire has landed a part in EastEnders.

And life as the postmistresses' son in Albert Square is home from home for 17-year-old Himesh Patel - he really is the son of a postmistress as well as a former Hunts Post paperboy.

Himesh plays Tamwar Masood in the BBC1 soap which attracts 8-9million viewers an episode, but the youngster has only ever previously been in school plays.

His character is the son of feisty post office owners Ahmed and Zainab Masood, played by Nitin Ganatra and Nina Wadia.
 
The latest addition to the soap's cast told The Hunts Post: "Tamwar is a quiet boy who could be described as a geek but he is quite single-minded and will do what he wants.
 
"I was so nervous before I went for the audition - my biggest role before was in plays at school but they made us feel very welcome.
 
"I was overjoyed when I got the part and have been avidly watching EastEnders to get up to speed with all the characters."

Himesh, who lives near Sawtry with his parents and sister, fits filming for EastEnders with taking A-levels in French, English and, of course, drama.

The young star added: "Being in EastEnders is such a great start to my career and working with some amazing actors is fantastic.

"Sometimes I only get the scripts a couple of days before filming, so it can be a bit stressful learning the lines but I'm managing so far."

Himesh is a member of the Cambridge-based Young Actors Company and director Steve Biggs said: "Himesh has been a committed member of Young Actors for more than two years. He has worked hard on his craft and fully deserves this opportunity. Apart from being an excellent actor, Himesh is a very likeable, down-to-earth young man who I am sure will prove a hit both on and off the screen."

However, Himesh will need to watch out - a study carried out by the British Medical Journal suggests EastEnders characters are more likely to die than a bomb disposal expert.