EastEnders legend Pam St Clement has admitted that she did not want her character Pat Evans to be killed off, but thinks her final episode was "fantastic".
Speaking on This Morning, St Clement said of her exit storyline: "To be honest with you, I didn't want the character to die. Not just because I was being a typical actor and wanted a comfort zone and safety net to fall back on in case.
"But also because I felt that a particular generation of characters in Albert Square was getting a bit thin on the ground, so you didn't have that to call on."
However, St Clement added that, despite her concerns, she was thrilled when she read the script for Pat's exit.
She said: "I read the script and I thought, 'Oh, this is fantastic - it's every actor's dream'. And I have to say, it also challenged me in a way that I hadn't been challenged. It was moving, it was challenging and it was a script that I needed to get my teeth into.
"The script, the performances, the direction - it all turned out to be a fantastic ensemble piece, if you like… Everybody was pulling in, everybody was doing the most wonderful performances and it was fantastic."
Upcoming EastEnders episodes will see Pat's family continue to struggle with their loss.
Her funeral airs on the Friday, January 13 episode of the soap on BBC One and RTÉ One.