EastEnders: Himesh Patel wept while filming final scene with Meryl Fernandes

As fans of EastEnders may know, Meryl Fernandes has now left the show and her role as young bride Afia Masood.

And in this week’s Inside Soap magazine, her co-star and on-screen husband Himesh Patel – who of course plays Tamwar Masood – has revealed that when he and Meryl filmed their last scene together, the tears we’ll see Tamwar shedding are real ones.

First, Himseh explained that Afia’s exit storyline is that she wants to travel the world while she’s young, but Tamwar doesn’t want to go with her.

But when Afia tells him she can’t live in Walford any longer, Tamwar has to say goodbye to his wife.

Himesh said, “We got the scene rescheduled so it was the very last one Meryl and I filmed together.

“We knew it would be emotional, and we wanted to use that. When you see it, those are real tears I’m crying!

“But we’re really proud of it – Afia is sent off in style…”

He added, “Meryl’s one of the best friends I’ve ever made. She’s already keeping an eye on me, making sure I’m OK.

“I’m really lucky to have worked with her.”

Himesh went on to say that he hopes Meryl will reprise her role as Afia some time in the future.

He said, “Tamwar and Afia were made for each other and I wanted them to stay together for ever. As a couple, they were unique.

“Nobody thought Tamwar would ever find anyone, but he and Afia had a real kookiness together.

“The door has been left open, though, so there might be a chance for Afia to come back at some point. I really hope she will!”

Me too Himesh! I loved the dynamic between Tam and Afia. I’m really going to miss her.

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Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.