EastEnders star Himesh Patel stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in new movie

EastEnders fans were left doing a double take when they spotted one of the soap’s characters appearing in Don’t Look Up alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence.

Actor Himesh Patel will be recognisable to fans of the soap thanks to the fact he played Tamwar Masood between 2007 and 2016.

Tamwar left the soap to go travelling with girlfriend Nancy Carter and later settled down in New Zealand, however the actor who played him also had a move of his own, relocating from London to LA after his time on EastEnders to further his acting career.

The 31 year old later landed the lead role in Danny Boyle’s musical comedy Yesterday and also starred opposite John David Washington and Robert Pattinson in the science fiction epic Tenet.

However, fans were surprised to see him pop up in the new Netflix film Don’t Look Up, where he plays the love interest of Jennifer Lawrence, with many taking to social media once they clocked Himesh in the film.

One fan wrote: “Omg Tamwar from Eastenders has done so well!! Watching him in Don’t Look Up (great film so far btw) From the Minute Mart to being in a film with Leonardo dicaprio!! Big Stuff!!"

Another fan added: “Watching #DontLookUp and I absolutely LOVE seeing Himesh Patel (aka Tamwar from Eastenders) in scenes with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence”.

A proud fan added: "Can't believe Tamwar from Eastenders is in a movie with big Leonardo Di Caprio, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Jonah Hill lol! I feel like a proud mum”.

Another agreed, adding: “Every time I see Tamwar from eastenders in a Hollywood film I feel like a proud parent”.

"Himesh Patel aka Tamwar from Eastenders has really done well for himself," another delightedly wrote.

Reflecting on his latest role, Himesh said he is "still pinching" himself that he got to star opposite such big stars in his latest film.

Speaking to W Magazine, he said: "… Or Meryl Streep, or Mark Rylance, or Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill, the list goes on.

"I'm still pinching myself that I'm in a movie with these people."

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as two astronomers who try to warn the world of a comet that’s hurtling towards earth. However, the distracted public seem uninterested in learning that they are facing the end of the world.

Don’t Look Up is on Netflix now. Stay up to date with all the latest on your favourite stars by signing up to OK!'s daily celebrity newsletter.

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