Who plays Iqra's girlfriend Ash in EastEnders?
EastEnders viewers will know that Iqra Ahmed (Priya Davdra) recently came out as gay to her sister Habiba (Rukku Nahar) – after admitting that the person she has been seeing is a woman.
And while she might be worried about the reaction from Marian and Arshad, Habiba’s been very keen to meet girlfriend Ash – although she won’t have to wait to long, as the character makes her first appearance in Walford on Thursday night.
But who plays Ash – and what else has she been in?
Here’s what you need to know about the Albert Square newcomer.
Who plays Iqra’s girlfriend Ash in EastEnders?
Ash is played by actress Gurlaine Kaur Garcha.
The 25-year-old is from Luton, and has previously had small roles in Holby City and Doctors, appearing on both in 2012.
She has also previously worked as a researcher on The Graham Norton Show from 2015-2016, working on episodes which featured such guests as Chris Hemsworth, Ant and Dec, Ryan Reynolds, Will Smith and Tom Hanks.
As well as acting, she’s also a dab hand at kickboxing – as well as being a European Champion in Taekwondo.
When did Iqra come out?
Iqra told her sister Habiba that she had a girlfriend in scenes aired earlier this month, after Adam Bateman (Stephen Rahman-Hughes) confronted her over her mysterious text messages.
She came out to Habiba following the family’s Eid celebration – later revealing that she and her girlfriend had been seeing each other for a year.
A source told The Sun: ‘Iqra has been fighting to keep her sexuality quiet, but eventually the truth will emerge.’
The character is the first Muslim woman to come out on the soap – and Thursday’s episode will also see her come out to her grandparents, with the support of Ash and Habiba.
EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays on BBC One at 8pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.
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