EX-EASTENDER Himesh Patel looked every inch the Hollywood star at this weekend’s Bafta party.
Fans couldn’t believe the 31-year-old actor used to be the studious Tamwar Masood in the BBC soap.
Since leaving in 2016, Patel has enjoyed great success Stateside; he starred in Danny Boyle’s Yesterday, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, and played Jennifer Lawrence’s boyfriend in Don’t Look Up.
He's not the first soap star to crack the movie world, following in the footsteps of the likes of Nathalie Emmanuel from Hollyoaks.
But it's not easy making American casting directors swoon – as others such as Michelle Ryan know all too well.
Here we look at the soap stars who made it in the US – and those who tried and flopped.
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One of seven actors to play Ian Beale’s son Peter, Ben Hardy quit EastEnders in 2015 and just four later he was on the red carpet at the Oscars.
He starred in the Oscar nominated Bohemian Rhapsody as Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor.
Ben, 31, from Bournemouth, has also landed roles in 6 Underground, with Ryan Reynolds, and in the Marvel X-Men film.
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