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Bonnie Langford has revealed she couldn't bring herself to watch the brutal death of her EastEnders on-screen son Kush, played by Davood Ghadami.
The stage and screen legend played Carmel Kazemi from 2015 until 2018 and had left the soap by the time Kush was murdered by serial killer Gray Atkins last year.
In the shocking scenes aired in April 2021, Gray confronted Kush on a London Underground platform to try to stop him from fleeing Albert Square with Whitney Dean.
Gray fell onto the tracks during a scuffle and Kush was able to save him before a train arrived, only for Gray to then shove Kush into the path of the approaching vehicle.
Langford told Inside Soap magazine: "Davood is adorable, such a lovely man, and that wasn't a nice ending. So I didn't watch Kush being chucked under a tube train, no. I didn't want to see that.
"At least I just went off in the back of a taxi. Carmel's still in Dubai as far as I know, with her other son, Darius."
Carmel made an off-screen appearance in the wake of Kush's death, telling Martin Fowler on the phone that she would like her son's body to be sent to join her in Dubai.
Gray was finally brought to justice in March 2022, when viewers saw him taken away by police after a violent confrontation with Whitney.
Langford refused to rule out a potential return to Walford, saying "you can never predict what's going to happen next" in the acting business.
She added: "I'm very lucky to still be doing something that I did as a youngster, and something I still enjoy.
"It's a privilege to entertain people and tell a story, I feel really honoured."
Langford rose to fame as a child star in the 1970s and with her role as companion Mel Bush in Doctor Who during the 1980s.
She subsequently embarked on a career in numerous West End shows, including as Roxie Hart in Chicago and Rumpleteazer in Cats.
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