EastEnders star Gurlaine Kaur Garcha once auditioned for major Corrie role

EastEnders star Gurlaine Kaur Garcha has revealed the Coronation Street role she nearly played.

The 28-year-old actress portrays Ash Kaur on the BBC One soap but in a recent interview, confirmed she previously auditioned to play the role of Rana Habeeb on the rival ITV show.

Confirming the audition, Gurlaine told OK!: "I ended up getting to the last two for a role in Corrie and I didn’t get it.

"It was for the role of Rana. I auditioned for the role and made it to the screen-test and went on."

Rana, who made her Weatherfield debut in February 2016, was ultimately portrayed by actress Bhavna Limbachia.

The character was involved in a major storyline during her time on-air, with her famously conducting an affair with Kate Connor (Faye Brookes).

She was killed when the Underworld roof collapsed in March 2019, with Gary Windass (Mikey North) later unmasked as the perpetrator responsible.

Despite not landing the role of Rana, Gurlaine only has positive memories of her brief Corrie experience.

Of the soap, she added: "It was amazing and they all seemed really lovely and close-knit there. It's a great soap."

The actress, who has also appeared in Holby City and Doctors, has even credited the experience with her ultimately landing her EastEnders role.

Gurlaine had been working as a researcher on The Graham Norton Show at the time of her Corrie audition but was inspired to quit and pursue her acting dream after failing to land the part.

She said: "When I didn’t get it, I thought, 'Forget this! I need to just focus on acting.'"

"I ended up being an actor which was always my dream and it was always my dream to be on EastEnders as well so I got to tick that box."

EastEnders airs on BBC One, while Coronation Street airs on ITV.

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