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Is Nas in Ackley Bridge series 4?
Amy-Leigh Hickman played Nasreen 'Nas' Paracha in Ackley Bridge.
Despite being one of the show's main character's, Nas will not appear in the show's fourth series.
This is because Hickman left Ackley Bridge to pursue the role of junior medic Mimi Saunders. in season four of BBC's Our Girl.
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Since leaving Ackley Bridge, Hickman has gone on to star in Sky's Tin Star as Saima Saleem.
In Tin Star, she starred alongside Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks and Ryan Kennedy.
Hickman will star in series two of the ITV drama Innocent, which is coming to screens in May 2021.
Hickman appeared in 26 episodes of Ackley Bridge as Nas, between 2017 and 2019.
Fans watched as Nas explored her sexuality, navigating coming out as gay in the Muslim community.
Viewers also saw her friendship with Missy Booth (played by Poppy Lee Friar) flourish, despite the differences in culture between the pair.
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Speaking to Channel 4 about the positive feedback she received, Hickman said: "It's been amazing and truly overwhelming.
"When I see on social media the love for Nas's sexuality being shown on TV it makes me so grateful that the job I love to do is reaching out to people in their homes and helping them in their personal lives.
"It's so amazing. What's even more incredible is when I've spoken to people on the street who have seen the show and it's made them tell their parents about their true sexuality.
"This has happened to me a quite a lot. There are no words no describe how incredible it is to know that this show is doing something for the greater good for people."
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For her role as Nas, Hickman received praise from viewers and critics and won the Actor award at the 2020 RTS Yorkshire Awards.
In the series, Nas's story came to an end when she left for Oxford University following the death of her best friend Missy Booth.
Speaking about Nas and other character's moving on with their lives at the end of series three, director Polly Woodcock explained it was necessary.
She said: "We have to be real. It's not like Grease where everybody is about 35 and still in school.
"I think we have to keep faith in the fact we are a show that tries to be authentic and people move on and the younger ones will come up and have a chance to shine."
Although fans are loving the new series of Ackley Bridge, many have shared online they are missing Nas on screen.
One fan tweeted: "Yes I did I'm loving the new characters especially Kayla and fizza and Johnny too but I miss my favourite Characters Nas and Missy they're were the heart of Ackley Bridge."
A second fan said: " I miss nas from ackley bridge so much."
A third fan wrote: "ackley bridge season 4 just isnt the same without missy and nas...."
Ackley Bridge airs weeknights on Channel 4 at 6pm and is streaming on All4 now
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