EastEnders reveals new Sikh family who clash with another Walford clan

EastEnders has cast a brand new trio of brothers who are heading to Walford later this year – and they soon find themselves clashing with an existing Albert Square clan! The Panesars are a British Asian family of the Sikh faith and are formed of siblings Kheerat, Jags and Vinny.

The show describes the brothers as ‘charming by nature – but a force to be reckoned with’ and has teased that they will immmediately get on the wrong side of an established family in the area.

But who is who and what personalities will be brought to the table as they settle into Albert Square life?

Eldest of the three, the charismatic Kheerat (played by Jaz Deol) is a successful businessman who knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. Determined, persuasive and confident, Kheerat lives an envious lifestyle and is idolised by his younger brother, Jags (Amar Adatia). However while Kheerat can charm his way to anything, Jags has always struggled in the shadow of his older brother and despite his best intentions, nothing ever seems to go to plan for try-hard Jags leaving Kheerat and the rest of the family constantly unimpressed.

Jaz Deol, who plays Kheerat, said: ‘I’m very proud and excited to be joining such an iconic show and bringing to life a character that is a reflection of the cultural background that I and many others come from in today’s modern Britain. I can’t wait to get started and for viewers to meet the Panesars.’

Amar Adatia who will be taking on the role of Jags added: ‘My younger self would never have believed I’d be on EastEnders. It’s pretty amazing to be part of one of the most iconic television shows alongside some of the best actors in the business. I really am so grateful.’

The youngest of the family, Vinny (Shiv Jalota) is the golden boy of the family; he’s sweet, bright and has been indulged since the day he was born. However people shouldn’t be fooled by Vinny’s innocent exterior, he’s no angel and it’s safe to say trouble is often close by.

On playing the role of Vinny, Shiv Jalota said: ‘It still hasn’t sunk in that I’m going to be on EastEnders. As a young boy, I remember being introduced to the Masood family and thinking there are people like me on television. To be part of that next generation of people representing my identity is a blessing. I couldn’t be more excited.’

Jon Sen (Executive Producer, EastEnders) said: ‘The Panesar family are set arrive this autumn and will bring their own unique blend of charm and chaos onto the Square. A British Asian family of Punjabi Sikh heritage, Kheerat, Jags and Vinny are three very different brothers who turn up in Walford looking to settle a score – however, fate quickly takes a hand and they find themselves staying for good. We’re thrilled to be introducing this vibrant new family to Walford and to be sharing their stories.’

The Panesars will arrive in autumn.

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