EastEnders: Pam St Clement says she could never be friends with Pat Evans!

by Lynn Connolly

EastEnders star Pam St Clement has of course been giving lots of interviews as the end of her time on the show draws nigh…

And of course, having played Pat Evans – who was previously Pat Harris, Pat Wicks, Pat Beale and Pat Butcher – for 25 years, she has a lot to talk about.

However, in an interview with the Sun’s TV Biz, Pam revealed that she and Pat wouldn’t be friends, given how very different their personalities are.

In real life, Pam is notoriously private and has always refused to be photographed by the press “out of character”.

And unlike Pat, Pam is well spoken, quiet and refined; a far cry from former prostitute, recidivist spouse, and outspoken matriarch Pat.

However, of filming her final scenes – in which Pat of course dies – Pam said, “I didn’t cry because for me it isn’t the end.

“My contribution to the show will not have ended until my last scenes are transmitted…

“It’s like grieving. I haven’t had the death so I can’t mourn yet. Then I will go into mourning.”

Pam made a similar remark while speaking to Digital Spy recently about the end of her time on the show.

However, while discussing what the mood was like on-set during the filming of Pat’s emotional farewell, Pam said, “There were a lot of people watching…

“Everybody seems to come out of the woodwork so they can say they were there when they saw an actor’s last scene.

“There were tears from quite a lot of people. They would look at me and start crying.

“Every time Shane Richie, who plays Alfie Moon, looked at me, he’d start.

“But having done those last scenes it was the best night’s sleep I’ve ever had. I was exhausted.

“I’d been filled up like a vessel to do these last scenes as Pat and suddenly it was all empty.”

Then, while speaking about her Walford alter ego in general, Pam said, “Pat isn’t someone that I’d be deeply friendly with.

“Our interests are different. She wouldn’t like the same movies as me. I don’t think we mix in the same circles.

“Unlike me, to Pat an animal is just something that leaves hair all over the place.”

And of EastEnders as a whole, Pam said, “As a drama, it’s distilled life. It cuts out the boring bits like going to the loo.

“But it’s meant to reflect society. I think sometimes it only reflects one side of society and the more positive parts aren’t reflected enough, which saddens me.

“There are good deeds that aren’t emphasised enough.

“And I’m not too sure that one little area of London has quite as much violence and adultery as ours does.”

Finally, when asked if she has any regrets about staying on the show for so long, or for leaving the role of Pat for good, Pam said, “When I read the script of the final episode for the first time, I thought, ‘My God, I can’t do this’.

“It’s possibly the end of the matriarchs [but] if I had not played the same role for 25 years but had gone from job to job, like most actors, I wouldn’t have played the gamut of stuff that I have been allowed to play in this.

“It has been phenomenal and I will never ever forget that.

“I’d like to be remembered as someone who gave the audience everything they wanted from the character. The fight, tenacity, vulnerability and bitchiness, when it was needed.

“I hope there isn’t anything I’ve left unturned, but I expect there is because there will always be something that people will want.

“But I suppose that’s good in a way, to leave them wanting more.”

Aww Pam, we’re all going to miss you, but from all of us here at Primetime, bon voyage as you leave Walford, and we hope this won’t be the last we see of you on our screens.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.