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MY STORYLINE UNTIL I LEAVE IS SO DRAMATIC; EastEnders' Tamzin ready her for big exit.

Byline: PAUL CLARKSON

TAMZIN Outhwaite is looking forward to life after EastEnders - but has vowed to leave the show with a bang.

This week Mel's husband Steve Owen, played by Martin Kemp, is killed off.

Tamzin said viewers would be gripped by the storyline right up until her own exit in a few months' time.

She added: "Mel is devastated by Steve's death. She thinks that Phil caused it and rushes into the Vic and goes for him.

"I loved filming that scene - it's not very often you get to fly at someone.

"I nearly vaulted over the bar, it was like doing gymnastics at school again."

The feud between hard man Phil Mitchell and Steve will spill over on Friday's show as the E20 club owner tries to flee Walford.

The fallout after Steve's death will shape Mel's final weeks in the show.

Tamzin added: "Mel acts brave, but inside she is breaking. She is given a necklace of black pearls on the day Steve dies and it breaks her heart.

"She knows Phil was involved in the death but can't prove it. He has been nothing but trouble for her and she won't try to build bridges now."

Martin, who was in 80s pop group Spandau Ballet, and Tamzin have been in the soap for three years but are looking forward to new challenges.

Tamzin told the RTE Guide: "I am sad and excited about leaving EastEnders.

"It's strange now Martin has left, but to be honest we're so busy filming that I haven't really had time to miss him.

"My storyline up until I leave is very dramatic and it's great to get the big stuff. Much better than ordering breakfast in the cafe anyway."

The departure of Mel and Steve is part of a radical shake-up on the show to ensure it stays ahead of rivals Coronation Street in viewing figures.

Beppe, played by Michael Greco, is also set to be written out later this year.

THE full interview with Tamzin can be read in this week's RTE Guide.

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WAY TO GO: Tamzin loved playing final scenes; DEADLY DUO: Steve with wife Mel Owen, and left, RTE Guide
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