DANNY Dyer was seen blowing his co-star Kellie Bright a kiss goodbye as she left the set for the last time today before the arrival of her baby.
The actor, who plays Mick Carter, was seen walking his on-screen wife Linda to her car after a small party to wish her well ahead of her maternity leave.
He was seen carrying a stunning flower for the heavily pregnant actress, who will be taking a break from the soap to have her child.
Kellie has been an EastEnders star since 2013, when she joined Albert Square as landlady of the Queen Vic.
Her character is also currently pregnant with Max Branning’s baby, but it is unclear what her exit storyline will be as of yet.
In real life the actress is expecting her third ‘miracle child’ with husband Paul Stocker.
Kellie suffered criticism after falling pregnant at the age of 44 – and hit back saying "nobody would bat an eyelid" if she was a man.
Kellie, who is already mum to sons Freddy, nine, and Gene, four, went through a "rollercoaster ride" during her IVF journey that was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
But some felt she was "too old" to be growing her family.
"First of all, if I was a man having my third child at 44, no one would bat an eyelid," she told OK! magazine.
"Don't forget my husband is much younger than me.
"He's in his thirties, so he's still running around after the kids, which is great. We met when I was 31 and I didn't want to jump straight into having kids."
Actress Kellie went on to reveal how the couple required IVF treatment after "struggling to get pregnant" with their second child.
The soap star said she was 39 when they tried the treatment for the first time, managing to get "four, good strong embryos", one of which became her son Gene.
Kellie and Paul then had to use the following three embryos trying for their third baby, with their "miracle" third chance working out after "the first two embryos didn't work".
She explained that the pair decided to try for a third child at the end of 2019 but their plans were put on hold by the coronavirus outbreak.
"This baby inside me now was the last one we had," she revealed. "The last chance of pregnancy, because at 44 we were not going through IVF again. It was a rollercoaster.
"I believe it was meant to be. [It was] a real roller-coaster."
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