EX-EASTENDERS star Rakhee Thakr has revealed that she worked in a clothing store for years to make ends meet after leaving BBC One soaps.
The actress, who played Shabnam Masoud between 2014 and 2016, has opened up about the challenges of finding other acting roles after leaving the show.
Since then, Rakhee has had roles in the hit Netflix show ‘Sex Education’ and BBC One’s drama The Girl Before – but it wasn’t always regular sailing.
The TV star, who received the role of Shabnam from actress Zahra Ahmadi, has been embroiled in a series of harsh facts, including the birth of a stillborn child and the failure of her marriage to Kush Kazemi (Daoud Ghadami).
Shabnam left Albert Square with her long-lost daughter Jade after finding out that Cush had given birth to a squawking baby with Stacey Slater.
She revealed that she struggled to get new job opportunities and decided to take on retail jobs temporarily.
“I didn’t think ‘other projects’ meant working in a clothing store for two years,” she told Radio Times. “I left East Ends and didn’t get any work.”
“I couldn’t stand not to do anything, so I worked in a couple of stores.”
She added, “Leaving a full-time salary was a huge risk [on EastEnders] And it took some time for that risk to pay off.”
Viewers were excited recently when they saw Rakhi in BBC’s The Girl Before.
The four-part psychological thriller series tells the story of Jane, who has the opportunity to move into a beautiful house designed by a mysterious architect. But there is a catch – passengers must adhere to his own individual list of rules.
Actress Mia was portrayed on the show sending fans crazy.
This is a whole talk about the Easter encounter.”
Another asked: “How many ex-Orientals are in this?”
A third remarked: “Half of the cast is from EastEnders. So far we’ve got, Peter Bell, Dr. May Wright and Shabnam Masoud. I expect half of the cast are Dot.”
Rakhee has also enjoyed success in sex education on Netflix playing Emily Sands since 2019, helping frustrated teens with sex education tips.
Speaking in 2016, Rakhi revealed the reasons for her departure.
“It seems like the time for me and Shabnam,” she told the Daily Record.
“My experience on this show was really special and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to play Shabs, it’s a real gift. A complex character, I loved getting to know her.”
“Now, I feel like it’s time to try different projects and new people to play. It was a tough decision because I really love this character and this show. I can’t thank you [the producers] Enough to trust me with Shabnam and especially her story.”