EastEnders fans are set to see Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) having to deal with serious illness in the coming months.
Warning: spoiler alert!
Patrick will have a stroke in the BBC soap, with viewers seeing the warning signs, the stroke itself and how Patrick and those around him deal with the aftermath.
Walker said: "This is a truly important storyline as strokes affect so many different people, in so many different ways. We are all working very hard on this and I really hope Patrick's story can help raise awareness."
For more on stroke awareness, visit: www.stroke.ie.
EastEnders' Executive Producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, added: "This is an important storyline in so many ways. Not only does it give the wonderful Rudolph Walker the chance to shine, but we also hope it will raise awareness of the warning signs that come before a stroke and the difficulties of caring for the elderly..."