EastEnders star reveals 'unpredictable and explosive' Suki twist ahead

EastEnders star Balvinder Sopal has promised ‘unpredictable’ and ‘explosive’ twists to come for Suki Panesar.

Suki, who made her debut three years ago, is at the centre of a big storyline next week, as she prepares to renew her wedding vows to controlling husband Nish (Navin Chowdhry).

The matriarch announced the news to a pub full of people earlier this month, devastating Eve Unwin (Heather Peace), who she previously had an affair with and is evidently still harbouring feelings for.

Next week, Nish brings the marriage blessing forward, much to Suki’s horror, as she desperately tries to stall him – to no avail.

‘I think Suki just doesn’t want to do it,’ admits actress Balvinder. ‘With all of these things, she wishes that somebody else would say Okay, it’s not going to happen” and not necessarily dissolve her responsibilities but absolve her of creating an issue.

‘It feels like it’s the other person’s decisions, so she’s kind of hoping it won’t go through. All these little bumps in the way feel like a helping hand in it not happening but of course she can’t get out of it and has to go with it.

‘She’s also made a public declaration in The Vic that she’s going to get married, so there’s a sense of not wanting to back out of a promise she’s made to herself, I suppose. Put it this way, she would be happy if it wasn’t happening.’

Nish, as viewers know, has slowly started to take over Suki’s life since his release from prison, controlling everything she does – and soon, everyone she sees, with him becoming increasingly jealous of her spending time with Mitch Baker (Roger Griffiths) next week.

‘It’s horrible,’ said Balvinder, discussing Nish’s control. ‘I think it’s just awful. It also makes you think, you know, what does he think of Suki? There is no love there between Suki and Nish, I think that died a long time ago when she saw him for who he really was.

‘He killed someone because he thought Suki was having an affair with them, so you see the person for who they really are. His love is toxic – it’s not an all-encompassing, open, free-flowing love where Suki can be who she wants to be, it’s a love that comes with conditions, control and driven by his needs, wants and passions.’

The outcome of next week’s wedding remains to be seen, but Balvinder promised some explosive twists and ‘dramatic’ moments ahead for Suki, and given that the character will be involved in a murder storyline at Christmas time alongside five Walford ladies – as previewed during the historic flash-forward episode – consider us very excited.

‘She’s always up for something,’ she told us. ‘She might not know in the moment but she figures it out and is unpredictable. She plays her cards, that she’s kept close to her chest for a while.

‘I think Suki’s unpredictability is what makes her a really fascinating character because nobody knows what she’s going to do when. There are a lot of twist and turns in Suki’s story with all the major key players which help to push the story along. Explosive stuff I suppose!’

EastEnders airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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