EastEnders star Matt Lapinskas on how Anthony Moon goes all out to impress Amira

by Lynn Connolly

The relationship between Anthony Moon and Amira Masood is one of the most unlikely pairings in Walford history…

However, as Matt Lapinskas, who plays the love struck Anthony told Soaplife, his character will do whatever it takes to impress the glamorous Amira, who’s played by Preeya Kalidas.

Matt – who’s dating his co-star Shona McGarty – said, “He’s totally obsessed with Amira. He wants a long-term girlfriend. He wants to settle down.

“But Amira might not be the right person for that. At first it looked as if Amira was using him, but they are starting to enjoy one another’s company.

“They haven’t kissed or slept together yet, but Anthony hopes they are heading that way. He thinks Amira is a gorgeous goddess!”

Matt went on to reveal that when Amira then kisses Anthony, the poor lad’s more hopeful than ever that things are moving forward…

He said, “Amira is working on her new market stall, but it’s not going very well so Anthony offers to help. Later, she kisses him.

“It’s more of a ‘thank-you’ kiss than a romantic one, but Anthony sees it as a sign that she’s interested in him.”

However, when Anthony invites Amira to a meal with his extended family, things don’t go to plan…

Matt said, “He wants it to be a quiet affair, but Jean gets involved, loads of people get invited and it turns into a full-on family roast. It’s a disaster!

“Amira only eats halal meat and she doesn’t do carbs.”

And later, things go from bad to worse for Anthony…

Matt added, “And he tries to make a move on Amira, but she’s appalled by the state of the place and leaves.”

So, he cooks up a plan to really impress Amira, but is that destined to fail too?

Matt explained, “He books a posh hotel for the evening, but Tyler tells him that he’s an idiot for spending cash on Amira so Anthony gives the reservation to Tyler [Tony Discipline].

“Then Alfie [Shane Richie] suggests he cooks a meal at home in the style of the movie Lady And The Tramp.

“So Anthony borrows a big table and candlesticks from the Emporium to set the scene and gets a DVD of the movie. Amira is impressed by how far Anthony is prepared to go to make her happy.

”Amira cries during the film and cuddles Anthony. He starts kissing her, but when he tries to take things further, she tells him to stop.

“She says it’s because of her religion and she wants to move slowly. He is a bit frustrated, but he respects that and is happy to do things her way.

“He wants to be happy and in love. However, I’m not sure they would work out in the long-term as she would probably spend all his money!”

O bless him. Would you like to see Anthony and Amira together? Personally, I think she’d eat him for breakfast!

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.