Coronation Street actor Charlie De Melo sad to lose co-star Bhavna Limbachia
He has said he shared a sibling connection with the actress.
Coronation Street actor Charlie De Melo has said he will miss his exiting co-star Bhavna Limbachia.
Limbachia’s character Rana Habeeb was killed off in a dramatic factory fire on what was supposed to be her wedding day.
De Melo’s distraught character Imran Habeeb is consumed by the loss of his sister, fuelling further plotlines.
And the actor behind the upcoming obsessive, on-screen quest for answers is also sad to see his friend and co-star depart.
De Melo said of Limbachia’s decision to leave Coronation Street: “I’m very sad that Bhav’s gone, she was the first person I worked with here and we’ve always had a really good working relationship and a familial chemistry that I don’t think comes that easily.
“We had that sibling bond from day one and it made the difficult scenes much easier to film, it was such a nice thing, to come into a job that was so alien to me. I’m really going to miss that but we are going to see a different Imran now and it’s a real challenge.”
De Melo has said that further plotlines will see his determined character seeking justice following the fire, believing there must be someone to blame.
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With my whole heart I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting my time at Coronation Street. I’ve grown so much both personally and professionally through playing Rana Habeeb/ Nazir/ almost Connor. I’m going to miss everyone so much. Thank you to the cast, crew, production team and the entire Coronation Street family for making this journey a very special one. And a huge Thank You to the viewers, especially the Kana fandom all your continued support and warm wishes. I will cherish these memories forever. Thank you from the bottom of my heart 🙏🏽♥️🌈 xxxxxxxx
He said another side of the character may come through as the grief begins to take its toll on Imran.
De Melo said: “When we’ve seen him in relationships, commanding a courtroom, expressing his anger, those things aren’t too exposing as an actor, but showing true devastation you really have to crack open your chest a bit and show what’s underneath to make it ring true.
“I’ve found it very nerve-wracking, I wanted to do a good job and do right by Bhavna and for the ripple effects of Rana’s death to continue.”