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Carmel Kazemi
Carmel Kazemi
Portrayed by Bonnie Langford
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins (2015)
Gender Female Female
First Appearance 26th May 2015
Duration 2015-2018
About
Address 29 Albert Square
Status Alive
Age 52
Date of Birth 23 June 1966
Classification Present; regular
Relationships
HusbandUmar Kazemi
SonsKush Kazemi
Darius Kazemi
Shaki Kazemi
GrandsonsZaair Kazemi
Arthur Brian Fowler
Other relativesShabnam Masood (daughter-in-law)
PetsCraig
Carmel Kazemi made her first appearance on the 26th May 2015 and is the mother of Kush, Darius and Shaki Kazemi. She is also the wife of Umar Kazemi and grandmother of Zaair Kazemi and Arthur Fowler. In 2018, it was revealed she would be exiting the show later that year.

Trivia

• Both Carmel's actor, Bonnie Langford, and Derek Branning's actor, Jamie Foreman, have had roles in "Doctor Who". While Foreman played a character in one episode, Langford starred as the Sixth and Seventh Doctors' companion, Mel Bush, from 1986 to 1987.

About

A flirty, feisty Essex girl with the heart of a lion… Carmel is an Essex girl through and through, but has worked hard to shake off her ditzy stereotype. She projects the image of a strong, independent woman, but underneath lies quite a sensitive and lonely person.

To her friends, Carmel is warm, kind and a good listener with a spiritual side - and is very much the life and soul of the party!

Family is everything to Carmel - after her relationship ended badly with Umar, her husband, she is determined to ensure her ‘little Kushy’ settles down with the right woman.

Backstory

Carmel mentions on 1 September 2016 that when she was at a birthday party she kissed Danny Stewart.

Storylines

Carmel comes for dinner with Shabnam Masood after she becomes engaged to Kush. She gets on well with her father, Masood Ahmed, and they go for a drink together, where Masood tells Carmel that Shabnam had a secret daughter named Roya which she abandoned seven years ago. Carmel is understanding and offers her support to Shabnam, although it just makes Shabnam angry at Masood for revealing her secret. After her son Kush had proposed to Shabnam she tries to take control by wanting to have an engagement party for them but Shabnam isn't having anything of it but then in the episode which aired 11th June Carmel gets Stacey to rally up the guys to practice a dance which her zumba teacher taught her. Carmel visits the Masoods frequently and Shabnam dislikes her heavy involvement with the wedding planning. She is delighted when Shabnam and Kush announce they are expecting. Carmel arrives at Shabnam and Kush's flat, upset as Kush's father is selling her house. Shabnam begrudgingly allows her to move in temporarily, but later catches Carmel and Masood in bed together. After Kush learns that his and Shabnam's baby boy Zaair Kazemi is stillborn, his father contacts Carmel and allows her to move back in to her house. Before returning to Essex, she and Masood help Kush and Shabnam reconcile for Zaair's, funeral.

Carmel is angry at Kush when he reveals that his is the father of Stacey Slater's son Arthur due to them having a one night stand before Arthur was born. This caused Sabnam and Kush to slit up. Arthur was believed to be Martin Fowler's son, however once Stacey found out that she was four months pregnant, she reveled that the father cannot be Martin and that it must be Kush. Martin adopted Arthur, although Kush and Carmel both see him regularly.

In September 2017, Max Branning is requested by the Willmott-Brown Family (who are currently orchestating a plan to demolish the Square and replace it with luxury tower blocks) to begin a relationship with Carmel, as she is a member of the planning department. Later that year in November 2017, Masood returns to Walford to break the news to Carmel that he will not be renewing her tenancy at 41 Albert Square, to allow his aunt and uncle Mariam and Arshad Ahmed to move in the following year.

In October 2017, Carmel babysits Arthur and his half-sister Lily Branning and she finds some bruises o Arthur's arm and Lily tells Carmel that their mother Stacey did it, therefore Carmel calls social services who then investigates Arthur's bruises. However she realises she has made a mistake and phoned social services again. They then arrive and ask Stacey if anyone can have Lily and Arthur for the night and Carmel and Arthur's dad Kush say the children can stay with them for the time being. However a pediatric report confirms that neither Stacey or Martin hurt Arthur. Lily and Arthur return to Stacey and Martin after Lily admits that she gave Arthur the bruises as she was jealous that he was getting all of the attention. After Carmel tells Stacey that she was the person who phoned the Social, Stacey punches Carmel and banns her from seeing Arthur.

In December 2017, Carmel finds an engagement ring which Max had dropped on the sofa the day before. When Max comes later, obviously to retrieve it, she puts it back and smiles, Max not knowing she had seen it. Later that day, in the Queen Victoria, Max kisses Sophie Willmott-Brown in front of almost the entire Square, including Carmel and his own family. The remainder of the Willmott-Brown family enter, and reveal to everyone that Weyland & Co own Grafton Hill, and as a result the pub, much to Kathy Beale's horror. Carmel rushes home, and cries in the mirror. Kush comes home, and is shocked as Carmel complains about make-up and her tear-stained face. She tells him what has happened, and he enters the pub and punches Max.

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Abi Branning | Amy Mitchell | | Ben Mitchell | Bex Fowler | Billy Mitchell | Carmel Kazemi | | Denise Fox | Dennis Rickman Jnr | Donna Yates | Dot Branning | Ian Beale | Jack Branning | Jane Beale | Janet Mitchell | Jay Mitchell | Jill Marsden | Kathy Beale | Khoroush Kazemi (Kush) | Kim Fox-Hubbard | Lady Di | Lily Branning | Linda Carter | Louise Mitchell | Martin Fowler | Matthew Mitchell-Cotton | Mick Carter | Patrick Trueman | Pearl Fox | Phil Mitchell | Ollie Carter | Ritchie Scott | Sharon Mitchell | Shirley Carter | Sonia Jackson | Stacey Branning |Tina Carter | Vincent Hubbard | Whitney Dean  | Johnny Carter | Honey Mitchell | Max Branning | Steven Beale | Lauren Branning
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Helen | Jo | Marie Evans | Sarah | Shrimp | Tracey | Winston 
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Characters (Selected)
Peggy Mitchell | Kat Moon | Alfie Moon | Sean Slater | Ryan Malloy | Jean Slater | Charlie Slater | Danny Pennant | Zainab Khan | Andrew Cotton | Yvonne Cotton | Glenda Mitchell | Carol Jackson | Charlie Cotton | Cindy Williams Jnr | Liam Butcher | Lola Pearce | Arthur Chubb (Fatboy) | Shabnam Kazemi | Cora Cross | Lee Carter | Babe Smith | Pam Coker | Les Coker | Claudette Hubbard | Preston Cooper
Deceased
Characters (Selected)
Pat Evans | Stan Carter | Archie Mitchell | Nana Moon | Lou Beale | Tiffany Mitchell | Lucy Beale | Nick Cotton | Carl White | Bradley Branning | Pauline Fowler | Arthur Chubb (Fatboy) | Ronnie Mitchell  | Roxy Mitchell   | Sylvie Carter  | Paul Coker
Cast
Actors Danny Dyer | Shane Richie | Adam Woodyatt | Steve McFadden | Mike Reid | Thomas Law | Neil McDermott | Charlie Clements | John Bardon | John Altman | Peter Dean | Perry Fenwick
Actresses Barbara Windsor | Laurie Brett | Lacey Turner | Anita Dobson | Jacqueline Jossa | Rita Simons | Samantha Womack | Tameka Empson | Wendy Richard | Anna Karen