EastEnders and Holby City star Davood Ghadami is set to play a baddie in a Bucks Christmas panto this year. 

Davood, who played series regular Kush Kazemi in EastEnders before joining Holby City in 2021 until it was cancelled this year, will be taking on the role of bad guy Abanazar in Aladdin at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from December 2 until January 2, 2023. 

Davood will join the previously announced duo of Andy Collins and La Voix who return to tread the panto boards once more due to popular demand.

Davood is ready to embrace the boos and is looking forward to whipping up a panto storm. 

He said: "I have heard amazing things about the Waterside’s panto, and have been forewarned that the audiences are likely to give me a good ol’ booing.

"Well, that’s great because I’m ready to be a baddie in a league of my own.

"Watch out families of Bucks and beyond, this is going to be one helluva carpet ride – get practising your hisses and I’ll look forward to meeting you this Christmas."

Born in Harlow, Essex, Davood is no stranger to the screen with television work including guest leads in Doctor Who, Top Boy, Silent Witness, Skins and Law & Order.

In his role as Kush in EastEnders, he won Best Newcomer at the TV Choice Awards.

He was also nominated for Best Newcomer and Best Actor at The British Soap Awards, and recently played series regular Eli Ebrahimi in Holby City and Nitin Shamsie in The Chelsea Detective.

Davood was also a contestant in the 15th series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with dancer Nadiya Bychkova and reached the quarter finals.

His previous work includes playing Amir in 13 written by Mike Bartlett at The National Theatre, as well as working at York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre.

You can book your Aladdin tickets now - call the box office on 0844 871 7615, or book online at www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury