ITV Granada have announced that the family of gym owner Kal Nazir is to expand further with the arrival of his mother and teenage son.
Kal, played by Jimi Mistry, has already been joined on screen by his father Sharif – actor Marc Anwar and Sair Khan was cast last month as wayward daughter Alya. Now the Nazirs will be joined by Shelley King as Kal’s mum Yasmeen and ‘Shameless’ actor Qasim Akhtar as teenage son Zeedan.
ITV Granada, producers of the Weathefield set saga, say that Alya will be seen on screen next month closely followed by Yasmeen and then Zeedan later in the summer. Single dad Kal will have his hands full juggling the demands of his extended family who are set to cause him problems as he tries to start a relationship with Leanne.
Shelley King is an Indian born actress who is known for her roles in West End Musical Bombay Dreams, TV series Tandoori Nights and Angels and various theatre productions including work with the National Theatre, Tara Arts and Kali Theatre company. Qasim Akhtar is best known for his portrayal of Chesney Karib in the Channel 4 series Shameless. – ITV Granada
Kal was introduced to the storylines last December as a former army soldier mate of Coronation Street resident Gary Windass. Kal at the time was working as a personal trainer following his departure from the Army and also the death of his wife Jamila in 2012. Having trained local corner shop owner Dev Alahan the pair currently operate a gym.