Pam St Clement has described the way EastEnders scriptwriters have written her character Pat Evans out of the soap as "brave".
The Albert Square stalwart bows out of the soap this week in a storyline that sees Pat's life come to an emotional end.
And Pam, who has played the colourful character for 25 years, said her final episode is very moving.
"I think that final hour is going to be fairly special actually. It's something quite brave for EastEnders" she said.
"It's intensive, it's very concentrated, and sometimes we tend to concentrate on the big events, the things that happen, the big geography and the big emotions, and we don't sort of go inwards as much as we used to in the early days.
"Back then it was then totally based on people rather than events.
"Television has changed in general, so it's not surprising. I just think sometimes we do it quite well."
The touching scenes will be broadcast during an EastEnders special on BBC this New Year's Day.
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