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Class clown Naveed Choudhry: 'I’m a teacher now!'

As Tariq in Waterloo Road, Naveed Choudhry led the teachers a merry dance. But since leaving the BBC drama, he’s had a taste of his own medicine, teaching drama in Manchester!

“A friend of mine runs a drama academy in Manchester and I’m teaching a screen acting class. I’ve never done it before and love the challenge of trying to teach, keep the kids in control and all the rest of it!” he revealed to What’s on TV, during an interview about his return to the school drama next week.

“I’m also in the process of writing and going to try my hand at stand-up comedy. It’s a real passion of mine so I’m getting some material together, based on my personal experiences. I’ll either sink or swim on stage!”

Naveed, who starred in Silent Witness, Crime Stories and Doctors, is still an actor at heart, but admits he’s playing a waiting game at the moment.

“I’m going to a lot of auditions and hoping something will come up soon. It’s not the best time, which is why I’ve decided to take the bull by the horns and write for myself. The big thing is keeping the faith. I’m taking the rough with the smooth and hopefully it will work out in the end.”

He added: “I had a cracking time when I returned to Waterloo Road. It was great to see familiar faces and meet the new actors, who were coming in as I was leaving. Afterwards I ended up going on holiday with Mark Beswick and Joe Slater, who play Darren and Lenny in the show!”

See Naveed return to his role as paraplegic Tariq this Thursday on BBC1 at 8pm.