Next week’s episodes of EastEnders sees it take a break from the usual Phil Mitchell (played by Steve McFadden) and Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) antics and dives into a much darker plot.
It was recently announced that Shakil Kazemi (Shaheen Jafargholi) will be killed off after a shocking stabbing in coming episodes.
While Keegan Baker (Zack Morris) tries to help Shakil during the tussle he also sustains some injuries – but ultimately survives.
The stabbing follows a string of attacks in London this year, and it is important to Shaheen that he gets the storyline right.
He has recently spoken out about the story, and the effect it had on him.
Shaheen told OK!: “It’s been a bit strange because it’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced in my life.
“The most important part for me when it came to tackling how I was going to do it was making sure it was done as realistically as possible.”
And although the depiction was an important factor for the actor, he also did a lot of research into the family aspect of the haunting stabbing.
He explained: “We’ve been working with the Ben Kinsella Trust on the storyline really closely so there has been lots of information from them.”
Fans of the soap will know that the Ben Kinsella Trust was first created after EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella lost her brother Ben in a horrific attack.
Shaheen said he felt “privileged and proud” to be given this hard-hitting story.
He continued: “As an actor, I was excited when John Yorke first told me the idea of what was going to happen – it’s such an important storyline.
“It’s hopefully going to help so many people and bring light to the situation. It’s something that needs to be spoken about, especially at this moment in time. I’m so grateful and humbled.”
The 21-year-old also detailed exactly why it was important for his character to die after the attack.
He commented: “Sadly, a lot of stabbings are fatal. Then there’s a whole family and world of people who are left with the consequences and have to deal with this for the rest of their lives.
“That’s the part of the story that’s going to be crucial to tell because that’s the part that the majority of us don’t see or experience.
“If neither of them died, we wouldn’t be showing all the consequences of knife crime and that’s the important part.”
Shaheen also added that he will miss EastEnders after his exit, having only been on the show two years.
His final scenes are expected to air in next week’s episodes of the soap.
EastEnders continues tomorrow at 7.30pm on BBC One.