Life couldn’t be better for Luton actor Nisit ‘Nish’ Nathwani.
The 46-year-old plays mosque undertaker Riaz in Citizen Khan, in a new series of the hit comedy starting on BBC1 on Friday night.
“It’s such a colossal slot,” the former Lea Manor pupil says. “It’s exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time.”
It’s also meant a raft of offers for the supply teacher and part-time BBC3CR boxing reporter who’s just bought a four-bedroom house in south Luton.
“Since I started in the show it’s been a whirlwind,” he confesses. “Before I landed this role I’d been through hundreds of auditions for mainly small non-speaking parts and adverts.
“But all that’s changed and I’m being invited to read for leading characters.
“This week I’ve been filming an episode of Casualty in Bristol and I’ve also been asked to audition for Game of Thrones. I’m an avid fan of both and it’s like a dream come true.
“My future looks very rosy.”
Nish’s home life isn’t too bad either with wife Yogini, a nursery nurse, their two daughters Shreya, two and eight-month-old Shadha and Yogini’s teenage daughter Sajni.
“It’s weird,” he says. “I was in my early 40s and I’d resigned myself to a life dedicated to my profession.
“Then I met Yogini through a friend. She’s a northern lass from Preston and after two weeks I just knew she was the one – who says romance is dead?
“We married in a Hindu temple and when you have daughters, our religion says laxmi – fortune and light – come into the house. I’m very lucky with my four girls.”
But Nish has also had his share of hardships.
His family ran a video library, amusement arcade and laundrette in Marsh Farm’s Purley Centre.
In the space of four years he lost both his parents, the business failed and he found himself in a hostel.
Nish fought his way back up, going to uni as a mature student and taking every job that came his way. Now he’s reaping the rewards of his hard work – and rightly so.