Samantha Womack said she has been "humbled" by the outpouring of love for her EastEnders character Ronnie Mitchell after it was announced she would be quitting the soap.
The actress has played Ronnie since 2007 and will say goodbye to Albert Square next year in what is expected to be a dramatic exit plotline.
She tweeted her thanks to fans.
Thank you SO much for all your kind words about me leaving EE,It's so humbling to know you loved Ronnie as much as I did! Very grateful Xxx
-- Sam Womack (@Sam_Womack) August 14, 2016
Her character has been through her fair share of drama in the last nine years.
She revealed she was raped by her father Archie Mitchell; she killed her sister Roxy's boyfriend Carl White; she suffered at her hands of a stalker; and was involved in a baby swap storyline when her son James tragically died of cot death syndrome.
Last week, she made a sudden proposal to boyfriend Jack Branning, which promises even more interesting storylines ahead before her exit next year.