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Aaron Thiara joins EastEnders as character with Panesar connection

Aaron Thiara joins EastEnders as character with Panesar connection
Aaron Thiara joins EastEnders playing Ravi Gulati, a character with a connection to the Panesar family.

Aaron Thiara has made his EastEnders debut as new character Ravi Gulati, with his first scenes airing tonight.

Ravi was introduced as a prisoner whom Phil (Steve McFadden) turned to for help as his life was in danger - and in return, Ravi was keen to get information on Kheerat (Jaz Deol).

The character will soon be revealed to be the son of Ranveer (Anil Goutam), a family friend of the Panesar family, and before too long he is released from prison and makes his way to the Square.

"My heart is filled with immense gratitude to be joining such an iconic show, working alongside a stellar cast and a remarkable production team," said Thiara, who joins the soap for his first regular TV role.

"It's a very proud moment for me and my family. This is a wondrous opportunity to approach as an actor, and I can't wait for people to meet Ravi on screen and witness his roller-coaster of a journey!"

Executive producer Chris Clenshaw added: "Ravi is captivating, cunning and dangerous, and can go from pleasant to menacing with very little warning – unlike Aaron, who's a wonderful addition to the EastEnders cast.

"We're all excited to see Aaron bring the character to life and there's plenty of drama and shocking twists in store – wherever Ravi goes, trouble follows."

Ravi will be back on the soap later this summer.

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