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Casualty star Olivia D'Lima wept as she filmed her dying moments on the hit BBC hospital drama.
The popular actress' character Fenisha was killed in a horror crash on her wedding day in heartbreaking scenes on Saturday night.
Fenisha was thrilled to be tying the knot with fiancé Ethan in a stunning, eco-friendly ceremony after a whirlwind romance.
And the event was going to be even more poignant due to Ethan's Huntington's Disease diagnosis – a progressive disorder which means he will gradually decline.
As the wedding guests were assembled at the venue, Ethan and Fenisha both failed to turn up.
Fenisha's ex Matthew, however, was busy taking the opportunity to tell her that he was still in love with her – and wanted the blushing bride to run away with him instead.
Ethan, meanwhile, had some news from his consultant which would hugely impact their future together – but found himself caught up in traffic caused by the horrific plane crash at the level crossing.
Tragically, it was too late to save Fenisha.
And the emotion we saw on screen was real. She said: "The scenes in the hospital when Fenisha was dying were indescribably difficult.
"I cried throughout every scene. I’ve spent so long feeling like I know Fenisha, I forget I play her sometimes. So her dying was such a strange thing.
"Although I knew the time was right, the story itself was so beautifully tragic that I couldn’t help but get emotional."
But Olivia is thrilled she got an explosive exit.
She said: "I’m unbelievably honoured to have had such a memorable exit from a national treasure like Casualty.
"Fenisha had such a dramatic time on the show that it would have felt wrong for her to just slink off. She deserved drama until the end."
The scenes were filmed months ago and it has been agony for Olivia to keep quiet about Fenisha’s death.
She said: "My family watch me on the show and they kept asking, ‘What happens?’ They’re going to kill me for keeping it a secret, but I know they’ll appreciate being able to go on the dramatic rollercoaster with the rest of the fans.
"After I left, I just kept saying, ‘I’ve got the week off’ so I could avoid those conversations."
Casualty continues on Saturday at 8.45pm on BBC One.
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