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22 June 2020 10:32

EASTENDERS fans were shocked as they spotted Tamwar Masood actor Himesh Patel in BBC drama The Luminaries.

New BBC drama The Luminaries already has viewers hooked. The period drama is a gripping murder mystery set in the wild West of New Zealand's South Island. Expect plenty more twists and turns together with an incredible cast. But what do we know about the show's leading man, Himesh Patel? Let's find out...

Himesh Patel takes on the lead role in The Luminaries (Credit: BBC) Who is Himesh Patel dating? Himesh Patel is thought to currently be single. The talented actor tends to keep pretty tight-lipped around his private life. So unsurprisingly, there are no hints of a relationship on his social media accounts. However, we do know he hasn't previously been married and doesn't have any children.

The former EastEnders star isn't currently in a relationship (Credit: Universal) Who does Himesh Patel play in The Luminaries? Himesh takes on the lead role of Emery Staines in The Luminaries. Soap fans will recognise the 29-year-old actor a the legendary Tamwar Masood from EastEnders. Read more: What is The Luminaries about? New BBC murder mystery explained Walford's market inspector lived on Albert Square for nine years from 2007 until 2006. However, he left E20 to travel the world with Nancy Carter – who is now his wife. Himesh previously played Tamwar Masood in EastEnders (Credit: BBC) During an interview with Marie Claire, Himesh admitted he was terrified about leaving EastEnders. He said: "The amount of time I planned to stay kept changing because I was aware the transition could be hard. "I was still enjoying my time there and growing as an actor. But then it felt like the right moment to take a leap of faith." Read more: Who plays Anna in The Luminaries? Eve Hewson is Bono's daughter Himesh added: "It was a tough decision to walk away from what was my family, and a character who will always have such an important part of my life, but it had to be done. "There's only so far you can take yourself as an actor and a character in that show. I knew it was time to leave, and it was terrifying." The actor has been successful since leaving EastEnders (Credit: Splash News) What else has Himesh Patel been in? Despite his anxieties about leaving EastEnders, Himesh has had a fantastic career after Walford. He played Nitin in Jo Brand's comedy Channel 4 series Damned. "What I'm amazed by with this series is that you can be really laughing one minute and literally the next minute you're silenced by something dramatic," he told Digital Spy. "The rug just gets pulled out from under you." Read More: WIN £1,000 in our 'Grab a Grand' competition! Himesh was then cast as Jordan Hatwal in Sky's sci-fi comedy Avenue 5. In addition to TV work, the actor played Jack Malik in Danny Boyle's 2019 movie Yesterday. What has Himesh said about The Luminaries? Himesh opened up about why he wanted to be part of the BBC series ahead of its premiere. Explaining what attracted him to the The Luminaries, he said: "The breadth of the story in terms of the characters that hail from all over the world. "In telling a story of New Zealand, and the history of New Zealand, it tells a story of other parts of the world, because people came to New Zealand from across the globe. "There is also a slight element of fantasy. It's a very interesting mix of things." Emery is in love with Anna in The Luminaries (Credit: BBC) Although a murder mystery, The Luminaries is also the love story of Emery and Anna (Eve Hewson). Himesh is hoping viewers will take to his character. "I like to think they will be rooting for Emery because he's just trying to get the girl," he said. "He's the good guy, he doesn't necessarily always do the right thing, but he's the good guy. "Emery is the light in the story, I think, and I hope that people will be drawn to that." The Luminaries continues on BBC One, tonight (June 22) at 9pm. The third episode will be shown at the same time on Sunday (June 28). What did you think of this story? Go to our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyfix and leave a comment to let us know. EASTENDERS fans were shocked as they spotted Tamwar Masood actor Himesh Patel in BBC drama The Luminaries. The actor starred in the BBC soap for nine years but surprised fans with an appearance in the 2020 six-part murder mini-series. 8 Himesh Patel in The Luminaries Credit: BBC Set during the 1860 gold rush in New Zealand, fans were extra surprised to see the former Walford mainstay in his waistcoat and period clothing while playing Emery Staines. One fan wrote: "loved watching The luminaries and couldn't put my finger on 1 of the cast members who I recognised. Took till episode 5 and it twigged its Tamwar Masood in Eastenders" Another said: "Is the guy in #TheLuminaries Tamwar from Eastenders? I can only see him as being about 15 and a bit geeky!! See-no-evil monkeybut that is definitely not what I'm seeing on screen!" A third added: "Hadn't noticed Tamwar from #Eastenders was in this until someone on here mentioned it. Now I can see *only* Tamwar when he appears. Bummer. #TheLuminaries" 8 He used to play nerdy Tamwar in EastEnders Credit: BBC The Luminaries is an adaptation of Eleanor Catton's novel of the same name, which won the Man Booker Prize. The story starts with the death of local man Crosbie Wells (Ewen Leslie), whose body is found surrounded by gold bars. At the same time, Emery Staines (Himesh Patel) goes missing and young sex worker Anna is arrested for attempted suicide. In a flashback, Emery meets with Anna on a boat to New Zealand, where they begin a romance together. But their romance is at risk with suspicious fortune-teller Lydia Wells (Eva Green). 8 He stars as Emery Staines in the show 8 Tamwar is in Australia with Nancy Credit: BBC MOST READ IN TV AND SHOWBIZ 'BEST DAD' Peter Andre's son Junior leaves him speechless in sweet post on Father's Day TOUGH DAY Kate Garraway vows never to give up on 'wonderful' Derek in Father's Day tribute DADDY'S BOY Peter Andre and Emily admit they clash over how much to spend on kids' presents 'I'VE AVOIDED IT' Rebecca Adlington's ex-husband Harry Needs reveals he's bisexual Exclusive ABB-SOLUTELY PLASTERED Abbey Clancy says drinking during lockdown has aged her 10 years KEE TO SUCCESS Michelle Keegan shows off abs after using husband Mark Wright's workouts Meanwhile in EastEnders, Tamwar fled to Italy with Nancy Carter. In February, fans found out through Mick that he and Nancy married in Australia.