EastEnders unveils new family the Panesars

The three brothers will arrive this autumn

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Albert Square will be welcoming a new family as EastEnders has announced the Panesars are making their way to Walford.

The three brothers, Kheerat, Jags and Vinny will cause quite a stir when they arrive in the autumn and are said to be charming, but a forced to be reckoned with.

EastEnders The Panesars Credit: BBC
The Panesar brothers will arrive in autumn (Credit: BBC)

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Kheerat  is the eldest and is a successful businessman. He knows what he wants and how to get it and is idolised by his younger brother, Jags.

Jags is a try-hard, who nothing ever seems to go to plan for. Living in the shadow of his older brother, the rest of the family are usually unimpressed with Jags’ schemes.

The baby of the family, Vinny, is the golden boy. Sweet and bright, he’s also indulged, but despite his innocent exterior, trouble is never far away.

Their arrival sees them immediately go head-to-head with one of Walford’s other families…

One of the last families the soap introduced was the Taylor clan, who have proved a massive hit with viewers.

Will the Panesars have the same affect?

Jon Sen, executive producer of 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.”

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.”

Masood was an inspiration to Shiv, who plays Vinny (Credit: BBC)

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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.”

EastEnders is on Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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