EastEnders’ Shaheen Jafargholi was banned from bleaching his hair by soap bosses for two years and did it within three hours of leaving the show
The actor, who played murdered teen Shakil Kazemi, has undergone a huge transformation since his exit.
He dyed his hair with two hours of leaving the set after finishing up his dramatic final scenes.
Shaheen told The Sun Online exclusively that he had been wanting to change his look for a long time so he had a makeover to celebrate the end of his time on Albert Square.
He said: "I wrapped at 4pm on my last day and by 7 it was gone.
"I don't know why I just had this overwhelming urge to just do it and I wanted to do it for so long.
"So I was just like yeah I'm just going to do it this is the time."
He now looks dramatically different with his bleached blonde style, which he debuted at the British Soap Awards over the weekend.
He previously amazed EastEnders fans when he cut off his man bun.
Shaheen, who first rose to fame as a child star on Britain's Got Talent, played schoolboy Shakil in the BBC soap until last month.
The teen was brutally stabbed in a shocking storyline which had dramatic consequences for the residents of Albert Square.
His mum Carmel, played by Bonnie Langford, has been left grief-stricken along with his big brother Kush.
- EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights on BBC One
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