BBC One have revealed that legendary stage and screen actress Bonnie Langford is to join Eastenders in the guest role of Carmle Kazemi; the mother of market-stall holder Kush.
Of the casting Langford says, “I’m so thrilled and delighted to be part of EastEnders. I’m a great fan of the show and think the recent 30th anniversary was sensational and shows just how good British television can be,” the actress said. “To be part of this family is an absolute privilege.”
The character of Essex girl Carmel is said to be overly protective and with a tendency to embarrass her children. But her outspoken ways will surely help her fit in among the forthright residents of Albert Square.
Eastenders’ executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins added, “Bonnie Langford is a British institution – and an old-school hard-graft actress gifted at both comedy and serious drama.Bonnie brings wit, pathos and a touch of class to Carmel Kazemi – a thoroughly modern Essex divorcée who isn’t quite ready to cut the apron strings firmly attached to her son Kush.Even if it means clashing spectacularly with an already prickly Shabnam…”
Langford is probably best known for her role as Doctor Who’s assistant Mel Bush and has also featured in many successful theatre productions including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Spamalot.
Langford will begin filming later this month and will be seen on screen from June.