EastEnders Tamwar Masood star looks completely different 7 years after soap exit

EastEnders actor Himesh Patel looks worlds away from the baby-faced Tamwar Masood fans had on their screens for nine years.

The former soap star, 32, made his first appearance as the brainbox in 2007 and remained on the square for nearly a decade before waving goodbye to the BBC soap in 2016.

Tamwar left Walford in search of a new life with Nancy Carter and married her off-screen in Australia before settling in New Zealand.

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When Nancy returned to Albert Square in 2021 however, she revealed things hadn't worked out and the couple had decided to get a divorce.

Speaking about his exit at the time, the actor said: "Whatever awaits me, I'll miss my family at EastEnders immensely – they've watched me grow from boy to man and supported me every step of the way. It's been a true privilege to work alongside them."

Now, Himesh looks completely different to the character that made him a household name all those years ago.

While fans were used to seeing a fresh-faced Tamwar and his signature glasses, the actor has ditched the specs and now sports a huge bushy beard.

The ex-soap star has gone on to have an incredible career since saying goodbye to Walford.

He has appeared in a number of short films and in 2017, was cast in a play opposite David Tennant.

Two years later, Himesh proved his talents stretched further than acting when he starred alongside Mamma Mia! star Lily James in the musical romcom film, Yesterday.

The actor continued reaching new heights after landing the role of Mahir in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller, Tenet in 2020.

He also appeared alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in Netflix's Don't Look Up in 2021, starring as journalist Phillip Kaj.

Himesh's most recent on-screen performance came in a mid-credits scene in Enola Holmes 2 where he was revealed as Sherlock Holmes' best friend and sidekick, Dr. Watson.

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