There's a new girl arriving on the Walford block, but will she be able to survive amongst the manic Masood household.

Shivani Ghai will arrive in the Square this December to play Ayesha, who according to the BBC is a “Sweet, shy and studious, and has lived a sheltered life. However, since the tragic death of her beloved father, Ayesha has been left alone with a distant mother and uncaring brothers”.

Ghai, whose previous credits include Bride and Prejudice, House of Saddam, Five Days II and Clean Skin, is thrilled to be joining the cast of the iconic soap. She said: “I’ve been watching EastEnders for years and am excited to be joining such an iconic show.”

According the BBC Ayesha is determined to fulfil her father’s dying wish and finds herself in Walford after deciding to go through with an arranged marriage and finds herself caught up with the dysfunctional Masood household.