EastEnders star Kierston Wareing has revealed that she suffered a miscarriage while on the set of the BBC soap.
The 37-year-old actress, who is leaving the programme after a year, was four months pregnant when she tragically lost her baby.
She told OK! Magazine: 'It's been hard, especially at four months when you've got the baby scan picture and everything's fine. EastEnders were very supportive during that time.
'They were worried when they told me they wanted me to do a fake pregnancy and I said, "Don't worry, it's totally different".
Kierston added that she had thought the pregnancy may have affected her job on EastEnders initially, as she was expecting when she first signed up to play Kirsty Branning in the show.
The actress, who first appeared on screens as Kirsty last Christmas went on to admit that she has struggled with the fame that being on the show has brought her.
She said: 'It’s been really difficult – I didn’t realise people believe in these characters so much.
Kierston, who is leaving EastEnders after a new producer came on board and decided to shake up the cast, already has her next project lined up.
She will be starring in the epic new drama The Bible - which is rather a departure from her role on EastEnders.
Opening up about the part to OK! magazine, she said: ‘I play Delilah and I have feelings for Samson but I’m told by the Philistines to betray him.
Discussing whether the religious aspect appealed to her at all, she said: ‘I went to a Catholic school and I’m wearing a cross that was blessed by a nun.