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Nina Wadia is just one of the celebrities taking part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing as she partners up with Neil Jones in hopes of taking home the Glitterball trophy.
Nina, who played the character of Zainab Masood in EastEnders until leaving the show in 2013, has also appeared in Holby City, Death in Paradise, Sins and Doctor Who.
But what do we know about her life off screen?
Who is Nina Wadia's husband?
The 52-year old actress and comedian is married to composer and producer Raiomond Mirza. Raiomond is best known for his work on films such as Four, Manorama and Vincent.
The couple wed after only knowing each other for four months. They met in Canada and married in 1998. Nina and Raoimond have two children, Tia Nina, 18 and Aidan, 14.
Nina, who has 11.7K followers on Instagram, is an ambassador for type 1 diabetes charity JDRF. She decided to become involved with the charity after her son was diagnosed with the condition.
Inspired by her son, she wrote a children’s book called Bionic T1D that is about a little boy who gets diagnosed with the condition. Nina explained in the book that the character’s friends “help him become a hero.” “I think Aidan is a hero,” she said. “Everyone who has Type 1 is heroic in my eyes.”
As well as being married to a well-known composer and producer, Nina is also a notable member of the Wadia family.
Nina, who was born in Mumbai, is connected to the Jinnah family, they are known to be one of Pakistan’s most important political families. The connection occurred after one of Nina’s family members married the well-known politician Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s daughter Dina.
Jinnah was the founder of Pakistan and in 1947, he became the nation’s first Governor General when it achieved independence.
The Strictly star recently appeared in ITV’s Isolation Stories and played the part of Yasmine. The short drama was about how the first Covid wave affected all our lives.
During lockdown, Nina started her own lockdown series as a creative outlet for herself. She also wanted to create a source of positivity for all those who were finding it hard.
Nina was given the samba as their first dance for the show. When this was revealed, fans were convinced that she had been set up to fail.
“That’s hard, isn’t it?” Claudia Winkleman, the co-presenter of the show reassured her by saying: “You’re going to be fantastic.”
However, viewers were less convinced and one wrote on Twitter: “I can’t believe Nina is doing the SAMBA week 1… That’s just cruel!”
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