Pakistan-born actor Marc Anwar has reportedly been fired from Coronation Street after posting racially offensive tweets about Indian people over the Kashmir issue.
The 45-year-old actor, who plays Sharif Nazir in the long-running soap, was dismissed after the Sunday Mirror informed the ITV network bosses about his racist tweets. Mirror published a screenshot of the alleged tweets from the actor’s account, attacking India over Kashmir and calling for Pakistani actors to stop working in the country.
The paper also quoted an official statement from ITV.
According to various media reports, Marc Anwar who plays Sharif Nazir in the long-running soap, is said to have referred to Indian people as “b——s” and “p— drinking c—s” in tweets that he had posted on Friday.
The tweets which are nowhere to be found right now on social media, have been deleted. The ITV were alerted and a they later issued a statement that the actor would not return to the programme, a report on The Telegraph mentioned.
“We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar.
“We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with
immediate effect,” the statement read.
The Pakistan- born actor, Marc Anwar, has also appeared in popular films like Captain Phillips and The 51ST state.
“We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect.” The ITV futher quoted in their statement.
With inputs from PTI