Any lifelong ‘Enders’ fanatic will like to think they know the show inside-out, from old story lines, to what the cast get up to in real life.
For die hard fans it’ll be hard to think of British-Moroccan actor Nabil Elouhabi as anyone other than ‘Tariq Louasi’, part of the Ferreira family.
Mr Elouhabi secured his EastEnders role in 2003, but was sadly axed from the opera in 2005 along with his on-screen family, as The Ferreiras proved to be unpopular with viewers.
But did you know that he featured in the 63rd episode of rival British sitcom, Only Fools and Horse s, which is set in Peckham, south-East London, as ‘Gary’.
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In the Christmas episode, Nabil Elouhabi’s character is described by a news report as a member of a gang named the “Gary Gang”, whom the police are searching for.
It turns out that Mr Elouhabi is a very versatile actor, and has featured in a number of other quality British films and series.
In 2002 – the same year as his ‘Only Fools and Horses’ appearance – he featured in Sacha Baren Cohen’s comedy film Ali G Indahouse, alongside The Office star Martin Freeman, as a member of Ali G’s posse.
Mr Elouhabi also took on the role of playing real-life terrorist Ramzi Yousef, in the 2006 mini-television series ‘The Path to 9/11’.
It doesn’t stop there, fast-forward six years and Nabil Elouhabi landed himself in Channel 4 crime series ‘Top Boy’, set in east-London, which featured famous faces such as Ashley Walters, and grime artist Kano.
In the series, Mr Elouhabi plays the character of Mr Mustapha, a miserable chip shop owner who raises his son ‘Gem’ (played by Giacomo Mancini) by himself after his partner left the family.
One of his most notable scenes in Top Boy was when he repeatedly stabbed the man who was forcing his son Gem into a life of crime.Follow MyLondon