EastEnders fans spot Tamwar star Himesh Patel in The Luminaries

The Luminaries viewers were stunned to see EastEnders star Himesh Patel in the brand new BBC drama as it debuted tonight.

The actor, who played Tamwar Masood on the soap for nine years, portrays Emery Staines in the six-part murder mystery, which is set in the midst of New Zealand’s 1860 gold rush period.

Buzzing to see Himesh on their screens, one viewer wrote: ‘The best thing is that that’s TAMWAR FROM EASTENDERS in a fancy waistcoat. I then had to read the most bonkers wiki summary of Tamwar’s life, which… bonkers.’

Echoing a similar sentiment, another posted: ‘It’s Tamwar from Eastenders, I don’t think I’ll will be able to take him seriously as the leading man!’

The Luminaries is based on Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel and was adapted for the screen by the author herself, so it promises to stay loyal to its acclaimed source material.

Himesh stars alongside Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson in the series, who portrays Anna Wetherell, a young English woman who travels alone to New Zealand.

On the last day of her journey, she meets Emery.

Himesh has held roles in 2019 film Yesterday, and The Aeronauts, while Eve has starred in the likes of This Must Be The Place and Bridge of Spies.

Joining them in the cast is French actress Eva Green (Kingdom of Heaven, Casino Royal, 300: Rise of an Empire) who plays calculating fortune-teller Lydia Wells.

Himesh’s EastEnders character Tamwar was last mentioned in the soap back in February 2019, when he rang Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) to reveal he had proposed to Nancy.

He teased to Metro.co.uk that there would only be one story that would allow him to consider a return to the Square.

‘If we all came back, the family who originally joined in 2007,’ he said. ‘If we came back and we were the main storyline for a week.’

But when pressed if he would be happy to therefore return if it was just for one week, he added: ‘I am not saying I would definitely be happy to do it. But hypothetically speaking, yes.’

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