The character of Patrick Trueman is to experience a major stroke in EastEnders as part of an upcoming storyline.
In a bid to make this storyline realistic and bolster awareness of such a sensitive issue, the crew from the BBC1 soap opera have worked in close partnership with experts and individuals who have had a stroke. They have also been in contact with the Stroke Association.
Actor Rudolph Walker from EastEnders said this was a "truly important storyline" and spoke of his wish that Patrick's experiences would raise awareness.
Director of external affairs at the charity Joe Korner said that many people would be able to identify with this plot and that he was "thrilled" that Mr Walker was taking on such a challenging role.
"A stroke can leave people facing the rest of their lives with a disability and the emotional strain caused by the condition can be devastating," he added.
It is thought 1.2 million people in the UK have survived a stroke, while one takes place every five minutes.