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Nav Sidhu joins the Hollyoaks cast as Sami’s half-brother Azim

Hollyoaks will welcome new cast member Nav Sidhu next week when he makes a visit to the Maalik family.

Nav Sidhu plays event planner Azim Desai, who surprises half-brother Sami Maalik (Rishi Nair) and his wife-to-be Sinead (Stephanie Davis), deciding to throw them an engagement party.

Azim has been living in Australia for the last few years before he surprises Sami, and becomes a permanent fixture of the show after he gets a wake-up call which encourages him to stay with his family.

If you need the family tree clarifying, Azim shares the same mother as Sami, but not the same father – so he’s technically no relation to the other Maaliks in Hollyoaks.

The character was first mentioned in the soap last month after wishing the Maaliks a happy Eid Mubarak.

Speaking about Azim, Nav said: ‘He’s kind, he’s energetic, he’s a fixer, he’s smart and he is fun.

‘Being an event planner for the rich and famous, it means it takes him all over the world, so he’s developed a sense for the finer things in life.’

He added: ‘Azim is single and ready to mingle, so maybe there will be a handsome boy in the village for Azim, who knows?’

His fun energy might be short-lived in the village, however, with Azim set to be involved with the ongoing far right extremism storyline in some capacity.

Azim’s first appearance in Hollyoaks takes place on Thursday 12 September on E4 at 7pm.

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