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Dry your eyes, Waterloo Road fans: Tariq’s back

As fans of Waterloo Road come to terms with long-term teacher Grantly Budgen's exit, the blow is softened by the return of a familiar face the following week.

Naveed Choudhry, better know as cheeky schoolboy Tariq Siddiqui, is set to return to the school drama on October 17th (8pm, BBC1) for one episode. During his time in the show (2011 – 2012), Tariq went from being a teen tearaway to something of an inspiration, after a traffic accident left him in a wheelchair. When we last saw the popular character, he was leaving Scotland’s most unusual school to train for the Paralympics.

Speaking to What’s on TV (opens in new tab) about his return, the actor, admitted, it was a difficult secret to keep under wraps!

“It’s been a hard secret to keep. Lots of Waterloo Road fans ask me on Twitter (opens in new tab) about Tariq coming back, so I’ve been saying ‘You never know!’ I’ve kept it guarded.”

He added: “I can’t help but respond to questions like that on Twitter. It’s such a great forum to interact with fans of the show – when I was young there was nothing like that. I often get asked about how to get into acting, and it’s nice to be able to point people in the right direction.”

Naveed’s full interview will be available on What’s on TV on Tuesday.


Elaine Reilly
Elaine Reilly

With twenty years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Elaine writes for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.


As well as active involvement in the WTW family’s social media accounts, she has been known to get chatty on the red carpet and wander into the odd podcast. 

After a day of previewing TV, writing about TV and interviewing TV stars, Elaine likes nothing than to relax… by watching TV.