EastEnders actress Linda Marlowe has spoken out after Sylvie Carter was killed off in tonight's episode.
Viewers were shocked as Sylvie, who had been suffering from dementia, was found dead in the bath having been electrocuted.
Speaking about playing Sylvie for the past two years, Linda said: "It has been a wonderful role. It’s a gift for an actress to get a role like that, with so much depth of different behaviour at different times. Also to have done it for two and half years, I’ve never played the same character for so long.
"There were so many layers and that was a really great role to play."
Linda went on to reveal: "I had done some research back before I got the role of Sylvie because there was a one woman show I had intended to do about somebody with dementia, and I visited this beautiful home down in Cornwall.
"I was there for three days spending time with the residents. It was a wonderful bit of research I’d done, not knowing that later I was going to be playing Sylvie.
"I also had a friend with vascular dementia and he died while I was actually filming EastEnders. He was a dear friend of mine and for many years of his illness he used to fiddle with things, touch a piece of cloth or a blanket, and his hands were constantly moving. So there were lots of things I had observed from people with dementia."
On her final heartbreaking scenes which went out on BBC One tonight, Linda reflected: "Well for Sylvie she was happy at the end. She was with the dog, singing to the music and having a bath. So for me to film them they were probably the happiest moments for Sylvie that I’ve had to film."
As for how Sylvie's death will impact the rest of the characters, Linda said: "I think Tina will be devastated, she will feel completely guilty because she was trying to deal with her mum and look after her.
"She didn’t have any help and she was having to leave Sylvie alone, and that’s what she was avoiding. Tina finally knew she had to get her into a home but left it just that bit too late. I think it’ll have a tremendous impact on Tina."
Linda concluded: "The whole process of playing Sylvie and being in that environment will be very much missed by me, and very much a happy memory in my career."
EastEnders airs on BBC One.