Davood Ghadami’s life after brutal EastEnders exit – new job and time with family

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Davood Ghadami has been killed off in EastEnders but he's already got a new acting job.

The actor had been playing the role of market trader Kush Kazemi for six and a half years since 2014.

His character was murdered by serial killer Gray Atkins who pushed him in front of a train in a dramatic sequence on Monday's EastEnders.

The Albert Square resident was killed when he was trying to make his escape from Walford.

Reflecting on the scenes, Davood said his character's brutal end was "very definitive" and he would "miss him greatly".

He told Digital Spy : "I'll be sad to see him go but I've loved every minute of playing the character. I have really enjoyed being part of that final storyline, my time over the six and a half years has culminated in something that people will remember.

Davood Ghadami's life after brutal EastEnders exit – new job, time with family
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"When you leave a show like this and the door's open, that question can stay over you for a very long time but this is very definitive of course and I'm happy with that. It's a nice thing to have a full stop to the end of Kush's story. Although it's the end of the line for Kush, he has given me lots of happy memories and I will miss him greatly."

The soap star described his character's death scenes as a "real shocking moment" in EastEnders which he hopes will be memorable for fans.

He added: "The way and manner in which he leaves the show will hopefully be memorable for people and they'll be able to look back on it as a real shocking moment. I'll have to watch it though, I can't not see it. It'll be nice in a way to put Kush to bed and do it on a bit of a high."

Off-screen, Davood has a very happy family life with his wife Isobel as well as their two daughters Eva and Grace
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Davood has swapped EastEnders for the busy hospital in Holby City.

His new character Eli Ebrahimi has been described as a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, someone passionate and a bit of a workaholic.

He said in a statement: "I am absolutely thrilled to be joining such a brilliant show. Holby City is renowned for its quality storytelling and I"m excited for the audience to meet Eli and watch the drama that unfolds on his arrival!”

Sean Gleeson, Series Producer of Holby City, added: "We're delighted that Davood has joined us. We are more than excited to welcome Davood from EastEnders to Holby and know that he is going to be a fantastic addition to our cast."

He keeps in shape for his acting roles
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Off-screen, Davood has a very happy family life with his wife Isobel as well as their two daughters Eva and Grace.

The former EastEnders star married his long-term girlfriend in a ceremony in 2010 after they fell in love at university.

They have their sprawling family home in Essex.

Often he shared little glimpses of days out with his daughters on Instagram with his fans.

Loves days out with the girls
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Previously, Davood gushed over his wife Isobel as he said: "I'm an incredibly lucky man".

In 2018, he told Woman magazine: “My wife and I know each other inside out and have a genuine understanding about how the other ticks.

"We met 17 years ago at university so we’ve got a lot of shared history.

“I’m an incredibly lucky man. My life couldn’t be the way it is without her support. She was amazing when I was in Strictly and kept everything going.”

No going back to EastEnders as his character was killed off
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Once Davood giving out an award saved his dad Mo's life.

The actor presented an NHS Heroes Award in 2018 to Errol McKellar, a former mechanic who had prostate cancer.

His dad discovered he had prostate cancer when he decided to get tested after watching his son give out the award.

He once saved his dad's life
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The family had a year with "a lot of pain and discomfort and fear" before Mo was given the all-clear in May 2019.

"I'm very lucky to have my dad here with me," Davood said.

"Women have to go through their smear tests – there isn't that unity of thought with men where you go, 'we all know, when you hit an age or when you have these symptoms, you go and see a doctor'."