‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Star Shaheen Jafargholi, Who Sang At Michael Jackson’s Funeral, Lands ‘EastEnders’ Role

'To be a part of something so iconic is an honour.'

You might just recognise the newest recruit to the ‘EastEnders’ cast when he makes his screen debut next month.

Shaheen Jafargholi, who is set to play the son of Bonnie Langford’s character Carmel Kazemi, first tasted fame on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in 2009.

The singing hopeful, who was 12 years old at the time, wowed the judges and viewers with his rendition of the Jackson 5 classic, ‘Who’s Lovin You’.

Not only did Shaheen make it to the final of the ITV talent show, but he was also asked to perform at Michael Jackson’ funeral, after the singer died just weeks after his ‘BGT’ performance.


Fast forward seven years and the Welsh singer and actor is set to arrive in Albert Square as Shakil, the cheeky younger brother of Kush, played by Davood Ghadami.

He arrives in Walford determined to reunite his parents who previously divorced, but things don't go to plan now his father Umar is with another partner.

And once he’s settled into life in the Square, it doesn't take him long to find a romance of his own.

The teenager, from Swansea has previously had roles on other BBC shows, including ‘Casualty’ and ‘Torchwood’ .

Speaking about joining the BBC soap, 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."

Remind yourself of Shaheen's 'BGT' audition in the video above.

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