'Bend It' star Kalidas joins 'EastEnders'

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Bend It Like Beckham star Preeya Kalidas is joining the cast of EastEnders, it has been announced.

The 29-year-old actress will start filming in April for her role as Amira, the girlfriend of forthcoming character Syed Masood (Marc Elliott).

"I can't wait for this next exciting adventure - to be part of a much loved and respected TV show," Kalidas told The Mirror. "My family have watched it for years."

The show's executive producer Diederick Santer added: "Preeya is a talented and gorgeous actress, and I can't wait to see what happens when Amira comes on the scene."

Amira is expected to "ruffle feathers" when she makes her Albert Square debut in the spring.

A Walford insider revealed: "She's very high maintenance and thinks she is quite the socialite. Syed's mum Zainab just wants to find out if she's good enough for her son. She's spoilt and snobbish. But underneath she is a lonely and insecure girl."

As well as Bend It Like Beckham, Kalidas has previously appeared in East Is East, My Family, The Bill, Casualty and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Bombay Dreams.