Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn, who plays Sinead Tinker on the ITV soap, has admitted she "underestimated" the impact her character's death would have on her mental health.
Sinead loses her battle with cancer in devastating scenes this week, with it said the episode will be a difficult watch.
The character was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year while she was pregnant with baby son Bertie, but just last month she learned the heartbreaking news her illness had returned and was now terminal.
Sinead tragically passes away this week, while the scenes were filmed a few weeks ago – with actress Katie having left the role.
But speaking on Loose Women on Monday, she confessed watching the scenes for the first time at a recent screening was a struggle, and made her realise she's "grieving".
She also didn't realise until after filming how much the storyline had impacted her mental health.
Katie explained: "I watched the press screening on Monday of her final scenes and I can't watch it again.
"I think once we were filming it you couldn't really get out of it, you immerse yourself in the part so much that whenever we went back to Sinead's room, people were just on and off crying, parts of the crew, me and Rob.
"It felt so real and the only way we could play this part was if we tapped our minds into it as it's real, and all of it felt real for me."
She added: "I kind of underestimated the effect it's had on my mental health. I've only just noticed it.
"Walking away from filming and watching it on Monday, that part of me was grieving Sinead and it's bizarre, but I've started doing like a fitness thing to safeguard myself and that's helping me."
She added of the final scenes: "Watching her die was awful but it's raising awareness."
Katie told the panel how she'd done as much research as possible to make the storyline and the scenes as real as she could, but felt like an "impostor" because people were thanking her for raising awareness feeling as though she was just doing her job.
The panel were quick to remind her of the awareness she was raising and all the help her role would do for others.
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.
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