It has been revealed that Eastenders is set to kill off one of its long-running characters.

Warning! Spoiler Alert!

Digital Spy reports that Lucy Beale is set to leave the show in dramatic fashion in a storyline which will be the start of very dark times for the Beales.

Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins has said that there would be a major storyline happening around Easter time which he expected to "shock and hopefully make the nation weep."

Actress Hetti Bywater has been playing the role of Lucy since 2012 who was previously played by Melissa Suffield from 2004 until 2010.