SHAHEEN Jafargholi, who performed at Michael Jackson’s memorial concert, has won a part in Eastenders.
The former Dylan Thomas schoolboy will play the son of Bonnie Langford’s character Carmel Kazemi in the BBC soap.
He first made it into the public consciousness in 2009 when he reached the final of ITV show Britain’s Got Talent at the age of 12.
His voice caught the attention of Michael Jackson who lined him up as a support act on his This is It tour.
But when the singer died before the tour started, Shaheen was invited to perform at a special memorial tribute to Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, which was beamed around the world.
He later sang I’ll Be There at the MOBO awards’ tribute to Jackson that same year.
Now aged 19, he will play 15-year-old Shakil, Carmel’s cheeky youngest son and brother of Kush (Davood Ghadami).
The storyline sees him arrive in Walford determined to reunite his parents who previously divorced.
But dad Umar is now with another partner, meaning things don’t quite go to plan.
His character, however, soon finds a romance of his own.
Shaheen has also appeared in BBC shows Casualty, Torchwood and as Troy in kids favourite Grandpa in my Pocket.
Speaking about his new role he said: “I’m so excited to be joining the show. I’ve been a fan since I was a little kid so to now be a part of something so iconic is an honour.
“I’m also really excited to be working with a legend such as Bonnie Langford. I’m having so much fun playing her son and can’t wait for people to finally meet Shaki.”
It will be the spring before we see Shaheen in Eastenders.
Source: South Wales Evening Post | All Things Michael