EastEnders star Nina Wadia on Zainab’s new BFF, Christian Clarke!

by Lynn Connolly

Ok, calling Christian Clarke the new BFF of Zainab Masood might be pushing it a bit, but as Nina Wadia has been telling All About Soap, in forthcoming episodes, the pair will at least call a truce on their hostilities.

As we reported yesterday, Zainab is about to confess that she deliberately sent Yusef Khan into the B&B when it was on fire by telling him that his daughter Afia (Meryl Fernandes) was in the building.

And of course, Zainab’s son Tamwar (Himesh Patel) then rushed into the blaze too, and suffered horrible burns to his back.

So, when Christian (John Partridge) returns to the Square this week, he finds himself an unlikely shoulder for Zainab to cry on, and in doing so, the rift between them is healed.

Nina said, “She sits with Christian and tells him she wants to be forgiven, and he says that he forgives her for the way she’s treated him in the past…

“This is a big eye-opener for her and she realises just how much her actions have hurt him.”

And when asked if this means Zainab and Christian can be friends now, Nina said, “Hopefully! They could go shopping together and Christian could give Zainab a makeover.

“I really want a Jessie J bob, so maybe he could find a way to make that work for her!”

However, while Zainab and Christian are building bridges, Amira (Preeya Kalidas) is burning hers by leaving Walford when she finally accepts that she and Syed (Marc Elliott) can never be together.

So when asked if Zainab will miss Amira, Nina said, “Yes, she will. She feels that she did wrong by Amira because she let the wedding go ahead even though she knew Syed was gay.

“Amira’s never discovered the truth and she would hate Zainab if it came out.”

We’ll see all that drama on Thursday, March 8 at 7.30pm on BBC1.

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.