Rebecca Sarker has admitted that she is saddened by the prospect of Paige Sandhu's impending exit from Emmerdale.
Sandhu's character Meena - sister of Sarker's Manpreet - will leave the soap in the coming months as her murderous past finally catches up with her.
Meena is currently in prison on suspicion of killing Leanna, Andrea and Ben, but at least one more twist may be in store before she takes a bow.
"It feels very surreal, it has been so intense," Sarker told reporters this week. "We messaged each other the other day and we know it's coming soon.
"It's a bit strange, to say the least, to think that I'm not going to be with her.
"I can't really imagine her not being part of Manpreet's storyline and vice versa.
"But you've got to be sensible about it, there was life before Meena and there will be life afterwards, I think."
She added: "Paige is absolutely going to go onto great things, there is no doubt in my mind. She's fabulous."
Emmerdale now airs weeknights at the new time of 7.30pm on ITV.