EastEnders star Pam St Clement, who is of course about to play out her last scenes on the show as Pat Evans, has revealed that she expects to “grieve” for her character.
As fans will know, we’re to see the Walford icon pass away on New Year’s Eve with her family around her, including her wayward son, David Wicks (Michael French).
And of her final scenes, Pam – who’s starred in the show for a quarter of a century – said, “The lead-up to the final hour is very powerful indeed – and I think that final hour is going to be fairly special, actually.”
She added, “It’s something quite brave for EastEnders. It’s intensive, it’s very concentrated, and sometimes we tend to concentrate on the big, the events, the things that happen, the big geography and the big emotions…
“And we don’t sort of go inwards as much as we used to in the early days.”
And Pam, who’s 69, went on to reveal that she’s going to miss her co-stars and the show’s production team terribly.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Pam said, “I am definitely going to miss the people.
“The cast, many of whom are friends now and will remain friends, I won’t miss them because I’ll see them, not on a regular basis, but I will see them.
“But I’ll miss everybody in production and beyond …
“But it’s funny, I’m not sure (how much I’ll miss Pat) until I actually put her down, which will be when my final scenes are transmitted.
“I don’t think I can answer that until I can put the show away, which will be later in 2012, and then I shall be completely over it.
“Then my grieving process can start if it’s going to!”
By way of tribute to Pam and the legendary matriarch she created in Pat Evans, the BBC have put together a great page dedicated to 25 years of Pat, which you can see here.