It was revealed earlier today that Pam St Clement would be leaving Eastenders and already, tributes from her colleagues have started pouring in.
The former prostitute will leave the BBC soap later this year and bosses have promised fans that her exit will be a “fitting finale not to be missed”. They also assured viewers that Pat Evans will not be killed off and may reappear on the odd occasion down the line.
Barbara Windsor – who played Pat’s on screen best friend and often worst enemy Peggy Mitchell – was the first to praise the actress, releasing a statement saying:
“Pam St Clement created a truly iconic character in Pat. I was privileged enough to be a part of her journey, as Peggy and Pat fought, laughed and cried together.
“Pam will be greatly missed by the company and the viewers. I personally adore Pam and I can’t wait to start having all those lunches we promised each other.”
Steve McFadden – who plays Albert Square hard man Phil Mitchell – also paid tribute to his friend saying:
“I always loved the on-screen relationship between Pam St Clement and Mike Reid especially when they worked in the Queen Vic. This was one of the golden eras and I learnt a lot from them.”
“Pam is full of integrity and I have always admired her. She is never one to shy away from speaking her mind about the programme as she has so much love for the show. She is a lovely woman and I will truly miss her – as I am sure all the viewers will.”
Patsy Palmer added that she feels ‘privileged’ to have worked with Pam – who plays her on screen grandmother – saying:
“Pam St Clement is the most professional person I have ever worked with. She is an amazing actress who never fails to make me cry when we do scenes together.
“She will be missed by everyone at EastEnders but I feel really privileged that I have had this wonderful lady playing my nan for many years.”
Co-star Charlie Brooks (Janine Malloy) added: “I’m devastated. Pam is one of my favourite people to work with and is also a close friend – I will miss her dearly.”‘
Sid Owen (Ricky Butcher) continued: “I’m very sad to see Pam go, we’ve had a really close working relationship over the years. She’s such an icon and I will miss her a great deal.”
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