Davood Ghadami returns to Harlow and switches from “Macho Hunk” to “Suave Dancer”

Davood Ghadami

EASTENDERS Star Davood Ghadami has returned to his hometown of Harlow to train for Strictly Come Dancing 2017.

Natalie Francis, head of the Performing Arts department at Harlow College, was thrilled to have Davood Ghadami rehearsing his dance moves in the college’s very own studio. Natalie had to ensure that facilities were of a good standard for Davood’s dance style to flourish.

Davood Ghadami


‘It really helped my students open up to variety of cultures, artistic backgrounds and aware of demands and techniques required for a performance,’ said Natalie.

She added that Davood, known to the public as heartthrob “Kush,” was ‘so friendly and polite. He even opened the door for me when I first met him. He actually tweeted a picture of flowers we sent him, which was great for our department.’

Flowers from the Natalie Francis and the Performing Arts team

Davood has a hectic schedule. Natalie said ‘So far, he has trained a full day at the weekend and a half day on Monday into the evening.’

Natalie believes that being a contestant would be ‘challenging as you would be working with a new dance partner and learning new material each week.’

Davood with dance partner Nadia Bychkova

She added that she doesn’t have a favourite judge: ‘They are all unique and compliment each other and I have more of a variety if I like them all.’

The local community of Harlow will no doubt be cheering for Davood when he emerges on the stage in the upcoming weeks.

Devon Taverner-Hailou

I am a strong character, who is determined to follow my goals and achieve my dreams. Ever since I was able to write, I would always carry a notebook and pen with me and I would fill the pages with songs, poems and stories. Writing has always been an outlet for me, a way for me to express my emotions and to overcome any difficulties. I used to want to be a singer-songwriter, though; unfortunately I have not been blessed with the best singing voice, so that dream had to go. Nevertheless, I still write songs and maybe one day, I will hear someone singing them on the radio. My dream would be to become a successful writer in the future; when people hear my name, I want them to think of a particular novel or article that I’d written. I would love to work in publishing or screenplays because I feel it will ignite a spark inside of me, if I see my name in print or in the credits of a film. I have a range of topics I am passionate about, from films and TV series as they give me inspiration for my own work, to being involved with promoting the rights of disabled people, as that’s a subject close to my heart. So far, my articles have covered a range of subjects; profile pieces, disability rights, college open evening, the new Stansted Airport College, and the Apple Distinguished Status at Harlow College.

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