EastEnders star Ace Bhatti is surprised he’s a heartthrob!

Dr Yusef Khan is Walford’s big bad villain right now, but that hasn’t stopped women swooning over him, much to Ace Bhatti’s surprise!

Ace of course plays the manipulative GP, and he told the Sunday Mirror that his heartthrob status is a novel one.

He said, “It’s a great compliment, but a complete surprise,” he says.

“Maybe women love the character, but if they get to know me they find I’m not smooth, I’m not sophisticated and I don’t drive flash cars.

“I prefer trainers and jeans to smart suits.”

However, the role of the scheming medic is one that Ace is loving, and starring on such a high profile show has been his ambition since he started out in acting as a teenager.

But life wasn’t always as easy as it is right now for Ace…

He said, “I moved down to London in my early 20s to go to drama school.

“I funded myself which was tough at times. Over a weekend I’d only have about a fiver to live on.

“I had loads of jobs – delivery driving, working in a warehouse, behind the till in a 24-hour garage. But my first job was cleaning the toilets in the drama school.

“I used to get up at six, clean the loos and then go to 12 hours of classes, It was pretty tiring. I remember actually falling asleep in a cubicle once.

“I must have just laid my head down and next thing a foreign student was tapping me on the shoulder waking me up.

“I must have looked weird lying there with my Marigold gloves on.”

And when asked what comments Ace gets from the public for his role as Yusef, he replied, “I’ve had a few people shout ‘Dr Evil’ at me, but most just offer an opinion.

“They either say, ‘please don’t split up the Masoods’, or, ‘Go on mate, get in there!’

“It’s still a bit weird for me.”

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.