Shakil "Shaki" Kazemi
© BBC/Jack Barnes
Portrayed by Shaheen Jafargholi
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Gender Male Male
First Appearance 4 May 2016
Last Appearance 25 May 2018
Duration 2016-2018
Address 29B Albert Square
Status Deceased
Age 17
Date of Birth 1 September 2000
Date of Death 25 May 2018 (age 17)
Occupation Student Year 12 Walford High School
Classification Deceased
GirlfriendBex Fowler (2016-2017)
FatherUmar Kazemi
MotherCarmel Kazemi
BrothersKush Kazemi
Darius Kazemi
NephewsZaair Kazemi
Arthur Fowler
Shakil 'Shaki' Kazemi made his first appearance on the 4th May 2016 and he is the son of Umar Kazemi and Carmel Kazemi as well as the younger brother of Kush and Darius. At the age of sixteen, Shaki lost his virginity to Bex Fowler, who is the adoptive sister of his nephew Arthur Fowler.


It was announced in April 2018 that Shakil was to be killed off later in the year as part of a high-profile knife crime story produced in partnership with Brooke Kinsella MBE, a former EastEnders actress whose brother was murdered after being stabbed.

On the 21st of may 2018 Keegan(Shakils friend) stole a bike from a gang of teens who later track down both Keegan and Shaki the gang then stabbed both of the boys and left them to die in the alleyway near the vic.

On the 22nd of may 2018 Shaki leaves the alleyway to find help for him and Keegan he goes to the front of the vic where Mick found him and thought he was drunk so turned him down later Mick Carter(landlord of the vic) goes outside in the alleyway to find Keegan stabbed on the floor and rushes Keegan to hospital not knowing that Shaki is stabbed.

On the 25th may 2015 Shaki is finally found by residents and rushed to hospital but does later.


Shaki is the son of Carmel and Umar Kazemi. He is also the brother of Kush and Darius Kazemi. After Carmel and Umar had Kush and Darius, they tried for ages to have another baby. Then Carmel found out she was pregnant and the pair were delighted to welcome their third baby boy into the world. Carmel and Umar promised never to be angry with anything Shakil does a they waited so long for him.


Shakil arrives in Walford to tell his mother Carmel that her former husband, Umar, wants to meet her. However, he does not arrive and Shakil's brother Kush realises that Shakil is lying, so he admits to Carmel that he made it up to try to reunite his parents. Carmel shouts at him to leave, but Shakil reveals he is no longer welcome at home, so Carmel allows him to stay, saying he should enroll in Walford High School.

He is against this until he sees his potential schoolmates, Louise Mitchell and Bex Fowler. Bex is annoyed when Louise flirts with Shakil. At Martin and Stacey Fowler's wedding reception, Shakil kisses Bex, witnessed by a jealous Louise. Louise tells Bex she doesn't mind that she kissed Shakil, but then tells Shakil that Bex has anger problems. When Shakil kisses Bex on the cheek, Louise convinces her to "treat him mean, keep him keen", so he is confused when Bex declines his offer of a drink. Shakil thinks Bex is no longer interested so she cancels lunch with Martin to see him; when Martin finds them together, Bex is happy when Shakil calls her his girlfriend.

Shakil is eventually invited to have lunch with Bex and her parents Sonia Jackson and Martin Fowler, but tension rises between him and Martin during a game of charades where Shakil insults Martin and makes a sexual comment about his wife Stacey. While Sonia remains frustrated at Martin's hostile behaviour, she also disciplines Shakil for his rudeness, and the two eventually make up. Shakil later tells Bex that he wants to lose his virginity with her before his 16th birthday which worries Bex and she admits she is not ready to have sex. Shakil and Bex finally have sex in December. Immediately afterwards, Shakil sees Bex and Louise talking and assumes Bex is telling Louise about it, so he ignores Bex. He ends his relationship with her shortly after because their communication breaks down and he assumes she is no longer interested, leaving her devastated. Bex is further upset when she watches Shakil kiss Louise as part of the Christmas play.

In January 2017, Shakil is travelling on a bus with Denise Fox, Bex, Louise and new friend Keegan Baker back to Walford. The bus driver suffers a heart attack and crashes into the market and viaduct leaving many of the residents in danger. Shakil helps Bex and Louise out of the bus and Louise tells Bex that Shakil has saved her life. Shakil and Bex make amends, but they decide to stay as friends. When Madison Drake and Alexandra D'Costa bully Bex during the showcase, Shakil exposes it through the soundboard. Shakil's feelings for Bex resurface but he finds out that she has feelings for their school teacher Gethin Pryce. As a result, Gethin resigns from his job and Louise tells Shakil everything. Bex ignores them out of embarrassment and humiliation. Shakil is further disappointed when Louise tells him that he is immature but this leads them to kiss. Bex catches them and Louise reassures her that she & Shakil have no feelings for each other.

In May 2018 Shakil watches the royal wedding with Bex and the pair become close. Meanwhile, Keegan steels a bike and takes it back to Walford as his mother Karen kept ringing Keegan to hurry up and get home before the royal wedding started. Keegan saw the bike and simply just took it and rode home. Shakil saw a picture of the bike on his phone with Keegan riding it and told Keegan that that the bike belong to some hard lads who he wouldn't want to mess with but Keegan told Shakil that th bike was just left there with out any supervision. Shakil tells him that the boys don't need to tie the bike up as everyone knows not to mess with them but Keegan refuses to return it. While watching the royal wedding at the Queen Victoria pub, Shakil spots Keegan going to the bathroom and takes some keys out of Keegan's coat pocket to return the bike so Keegan doesn't get into trouble but the boys come into the pub to see Keegan but he hides out the way. Later that night, Keegan spots someone trying to get his attention and follows him into the ginal where he gets stabbed along with Shakil. Shakil tells Keegan he is going to get help but doesn't return. Mick Carter finds Keegan in the ginal and rushes him to hospital. Keegan tries to tell Mick about Shakil but he is unable to talk properly as he got stabbed in the chest. Keegan arrives at the hospital and they then stabilise the womb and Keegan is fine. A worried Mick tries to contact Karen but she does not answer her phone so he leaves a note on the back of sigatette packet and posts it threw her door - which Keegan's brother Keanu finds.

The next day, Shakil is found by Masood Ahmed and is rushed to hospital with his brother Kush by his side but he sadly dies after losing to much blood. Keegan begins to look at pictures of him and Shakil and becomes emotional. He then tells the police what happened for Shakil's sake and later that day, he is allowed to go home from hospital. Shakil's brother Darius asks Keegan why he didn't tell anyone about Shakil but Keegan tells him that he tried. Flowers and cards are placed on a bench near where Shakil was found in memory of him where Keegan, Bex, Louise, Bex's cousin Tiffany, Keegan's sister Bernadette and Louise's boyfriend Hunter gather round and remember Shakil. Keegan becomes upset but Bernadette tells him it wasn't his fault. Keegan tells the group that Shakil wouldn't of wanted flowers or cards - he would of wanted a good party. Hunter tells them he has spare keys to e20 which his mum runs and teens get drunk and play truth or dare. They spin a bottle and it lands Tiffany kissing Bernadette. Tiffany tells the group that she aint kissing Bernadette but Hunter dares her to do it - so Tiffany kisses Bernadette, leaving everyone gob smacked and she replies " hash tag, never dare a Butcher". Keegan then grabs the bottle and spins it round hoping it will land on him so he can kiss Tiffany. It lands on Keegan and he leans in to kiss Tiffany, the pair snog and smile at each other but Bernadette doesn't like the thought of her best friend and her brother kissing. Louise also appears to be jealous even though she is going out with Hunter. After that, everyone makes a toast to Shakil. The next morning, Tiffany thinks that she is ill but Bernadette replies "its called a hangover".




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
Helen | Jo | Marie Evans | Sarah | Shrimp | Tracey | Winston 
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
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
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