Priya Davdra, who played Iqra Ahmed on EASTENDERS for three years, has spoken out about her abrupt departure from the program.
Priya Davdra, 34, has starred in over 150 episodes since joining EastEnders in 2019. When she made a low-key exit from Alert Square last week, though, many were dissatisfied. Now, the Iqra Ahmed actress has spoken out about why she left the show and what she plans to do next.
On January 3, 2022, the actress shared an image with her 36,300 Instagram followers, appearing to be excited to take on new tasks.
She wrote in the caption of a joyful Albert Square shot, ” “And with that, 3 years with @bbceastenders comes to an end… It has been a true delight!!! Goodbye, Iq’s! We’ll miss you!”
Her Instagram post received thousands of likes and supportive comments from show fans.
“Can’t wait to see what you get up to next!! xxx,” EastEnders regular Bernadette Taylor, played by Clair Hayley Norris, said.
“I’m heartbroken to see Iqra go!” We have so much more to learn about her because she was just getting started!” The Walford Weekly Podcast made a comment.
She and her onscreen sister Habiba Ahmed (Rukku Nahar) took over the neighborhood diner when she first appeared in the BBC drama.
Her plot progressed as she came out as a lesbian and introduced Walford to her long-term girlfriend Ash Kaur (Gurlaine Kaur Garcha).
“I felt that I had done everything I could with the role and that it was time to try out new characters,” Priya said of her departure.
“She’s been a dream to play, but I’m dreaming big for the future.
“I’ve been on the show for three years, so it feels really strange not having that same routine.”
She added to Digital Spy: “That said, I am so excited and looking forward to the future and what’s to come next!”
Priya went on to say that she had been a fan of the show since she was a child, and that she was thrilled with joy every time she stepped onto set after getting cast in the long-running serial.
This feeling helped her to put her “all into each and every scene.”
She mentioned her experience had been a “fun journey” and she got to work with “some absolute ICONS!”
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