Former EastEnders star is completely unrecognisable in series 3 of ITVs The Bay

A former EastEnders actress looked completely unrecognisable compared to her character in Albert Square as she appeared in the series three opener of The Bay.

Zahra Ahmadi, who played Shabnam Masood in 2007, made a return to TV screens as Shazia Riaz in the ITV drama.

Since leaving the BBC soap the 40-year-old has starred in a number of shows including Doctor Who, Black Mirror and Marcella.

In EastEnders, Zahra was the daughter of Masood Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra) and Zainab Masood (Nina Wadia).

Her year featuring on the show focused on a major identity crisis as she struggled to find a balance between her family's traditional Muslim heritage and British culture.

Eventually, she left for Pakistan in order to find herself. When her character returned in 2014 she was played by actress Rakhee Thakrar.

In The Bay, her character Shazia can be seen in tears as DS Jenn Townsend comes to the seaside town of Morecambe, after a body was found in the bay.

Jenn has started investigating the lives of the grieving suspicious family who appear to have secrets.

In one scene, the police question Shazia about the dead relative as she cries next to her mum.

However, viewers of the ITV show do not seem impressed. They took to Twitter to complain that it was obvious who the killer was after just one episode.

Fans all pointed the finger towards Jamal.

One penned: "We going with Jamal did it?"

Another posted: "By the look of the 16-year-old Jamal who looks more like 35, I reckon he did it!"

A third wrote: "Bad casting… how old is Jamal if in same class as that other lad."

"Has Jamal been held back at school? For like 40 years?," asked another

"Jamal is the only boy at high school with a wife, mortgage and two kids he's putting through uni," another baffled fan said.

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