Who plays Suki Panesar in EastEnders and where have you seen her before?

It’s fair to say that Suki Panesar has made her mark since she first appeared in EastEnders at the start of this year.

Having made an enemy of Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) following her sick cancer lie, she’s now looking set to become involved with her story once more following Jean’s collapse in the Square last week.

We suspect that there’s even worse to come from the Panesar matriarch – but just who plays her and where have you seen her before?

Here’s what you need to know…

Who plays Suki Panesar in EastEnders?

Suki is played in the soap by actress Balvinder Sopal.

The character made her debut in Walford in late January, with show boss Jon Sen describing her as ‘in the classic tradition of EastEnders matriarchs’.

Where have you seen Balvinder before?

Balvinder has had an extensive career as a stage actress but has also appeared in a number of small screen favourites, having had small roles in Emmerfale, Waterloo Road, Coronation Street, Call The Midwife, Doctors and Hollyoaks.

She also appeared in the BBC film White Girl, which won the Bafta TV award for best single drama in 2009. Balvinder has said that as a long-time fan of EastEnders she couldn’t wait to get started on the show.

‘I grew up watching EastEnders religiously so to be joining the show and playing matriarch Suki Panesar is a dream come true – I am still pinching myself!’ she admitted.

‘I’m excited to see what’s in store for Suki as she joins her family on Albert Square.’

EastEnders continues on BBC One on Tuesday night at 7.30pm.

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