Pat Evans to leave EastEnders

Friday 8 July 2011, 01:01

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Later this year, EastEnders' much treasured leading lady Pam St Clement will hang up those uniquely crafted earrings for the final time when she waves a fond farewell to iconic matriarch Pat Evans.

Pat Evans in the Queen Vic

Pam has certainly not been shy of a few dramatic storylines during her time on Albert Square. From her EastEnders debut in 1986, it was quite clear this firey female wouldn't take any prisoners. Her first duty as Pat 'Wicks' was to inform Pete Beale he wasn't the father of her son Simon.

Frank and Pat on their wedding day

Pat went on to marry the love of her life Frank in a big East End wedding bash and became Pat 'Butcher' in 1989 but later moved on to become Pat 'Evans' when she wed the ever dependable Roy in 1996.

It was always clear that Frank was the love of her life. Even when he married Peggy in 1999, Pat couldn't resist his masculine charms which resulted in the infamous double-slap scene behind the bar at The Queen Vic.

Pat, Frank and Peggy sit round a table

In between the marriages, spats with Peggy Mitchell and out living numerous husbands, Pat has also survived a heart attack, done time in prison for a drunken hit and run, become land lady of The Vic and lived to tell the tale of a vicious encounter with the Walford attacker in 1987.

Pat after being stopped by the police

Pam has said that she has "Leaving the EastEnders 'family' will be a kin to a bereavement but I'm looking forward to the other work and life opportunities that I will have the time to pursue".

Bryan Kirkwood, EastEnders Executive Producer adds: "In Pat Harris-Beale-Wicks-Butcher-Evans, Pam St Clement has created one of the most iconic and loved characters in British TV history...Although it's too early to talk about how Pat will leave the Square, we can assure viewers it will culminate in a fitting storyline, not to be missed"

What Pam's co-stars had to say about her departure...

Barbara Windsor

"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

"I always loved the on-screen relationship between Pam St Clement and Mike Reid especially when they worked behind the bar in the Queen Vic. This was one of the golden eras for me and I learnt a lot from both of 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. EastEnders will be a strange place without Pam, she is a lovely woman and I will truly miss her at EastEnders as I am sure all the viewers will."

Patsy Palmer

"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 priveledged that I have had this wonderful lady playing my nan for many years."

Charlie Brooks

"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:

"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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    Comment number 1.

    OMG!!! First Peggy and now Pat, she is lengendary. She is the thrid longest character iin EE after Ian and Dot. Does she really have to leave. All these iconic characters are suddenly just leaving - Peggy, Stacey, Ronnie etc. EE won't be the same with Pat one of the first tart with a heart characters in EE

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    Comment number 2.

    I agree! I know things have to move on but it is the long standing characters that hold everything together in a way. That said, Stacey was a great character too so it's a shame there is such a fast turnover of some of the stronger characters. It's almost as if the writers are more easily bored these days and can't be bothered to think of storylines once something big happens to a character. It's a pity!

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    Comment number 3.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

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    Comment number 4.

    I hope that she won't be killed off and that she'll walk away into the sunset like Peggy did.

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    Comment number 5.

    Peggy should pick Pat up in a convertible and they should drive off to a never-ending vacation to molest statues and wear outrageous sun hats.

    Pat will be missed just like Pauline and others. She's made a mark on the square and it's a shame to lose another matriarch but hopefully her and her earrings will have a happy end.

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    Comment number 6.

    pat will be truly missed what a legend. I will definitely miss the Janine and pat moments the best. All the legendary characters are going so sad first peggy stacey ronnie i wonder who will go next

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    Comment number 7.

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!! This is horrible news! Pat Evans is such a lynchpin for the show because she is related to virtually everyone, and because Pam StClement has created such a fabulous character. This is a terrible loss for the show. So much history gone.

    This truly is the end of an era. But I hope that, if she has to go, they don't kill her. Leave her a way to return in the future.

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    Comment number 8.

    I really don't know what is happening to EastEnders over the years wonderful actresses and actors have left leaving the show with a massive gap to fill. The cast of EastEnders used to be one big massive family now these days it is like the next step up from stage school where they are getting younger actors in that only sign short term contacts and move on.
    Pam will be sorely missed she is such a great talent to lose.
    The next wonderful actress to go next year will be June Brown really don't see her sticking around now all her friends are leaving and all these boring young so called talent is coming in.

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    Comment number 9.

    I will mourn Pat leaving much in the same way as a relative.

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    Comment number 10.

    its a shame she is leaving another one of the remaining classic characters gone.I think she probably decided to go because she wasn't ever getting any storyline's i think its unfair the fact that all the new characters on the show seem to get storyline after storyline yet pat a classic character gets shoved in the back ground. I hope that Brian kirkwood makes her have a better exit than Peggy's I watched the greatest exits on bbc three last nite and Brian was saying how good Peggy's was and it wasn't they should of had her leave the night the Vic was still going up in flames with out telling anybody and just have her walk off with the vic on fire in the background.So I hope they really do think more about this one and send her off with a brilliant story one thing I think eastenders go wrong sometimes is they have a good storyline going for a while and the end of it is so disappointing when Ronnie confessed to Kat about the baby swap what a disappointment to an end of a grate storyline.now pats going they need to bring back some old favorites I know times change but I am sure I speak on behalf of every eastenders fan that if the show doesn't have some past characters brought back in the show wont be the same there's only dot, Ian and phil left the shows main family when it first started was the fowlers and there's not one left in the square they should bring back Michelle and martin and Sonia and Sharon and grant

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    Comment number 11.

    I hate it when well loved characters leave, but good luck to Pam for the future. I can understand that she would want to have a change now. I hope it is a happy exit storyline for her. Maybe going to live with Simon in New Zealand?

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    Comment number 12.

    I will be sad to see Pam (Pat) leave, but I wish her all the best. I agree with many of the comments calling for an iconic exit. Something big, bold, completely different and fitting for the character. Maybe instead of a taxi, she could leave in a limousine with a bottle of champagne, or a horse and carriage like the one Frank got her for the wedding.
    Like others, I just pray that the scriptwriters do not kill her off. This is the perfect opportunity for a golden moment, as Pam St Clement deserves for her pearly queen character. Lets all join hands and wish for a happy ending. If we wish hard enough.... maybe the producers will hear!!

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    Comment number 13.

    Bye Pam! We'll miss you!!!!!!!!!!! xx

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    Comment number 14.

    Pat leaving is indeed tragic news! And yeah, for sure, it will be Dot next.

    I did think a good way for Pat to leave would be to go to New Zealand but surely there must be a more feisty way for her, to match her character! I'm sure she won't she won't be killed off. That would be a travesty.

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    Comment number 15.

    Pam StClements will be deeply missed by all of her veiwers, this will be the second most legendry leading lady to leave first there was peggy and now pat it just wont be the same. Pat Evans is such an iconic and legendry character i really hope that they dont kill her off and leave room for her to return but there is no doubt that i will cry when she leaves.

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    Comment number 16.

    Wow Pat will be very missed. Even though I live in the States our PBS does show EastEnders, but very behind the show in England. I am enjoying what I have missed, but wished we were more up to date with EastEnders. I think Pat should just go into incognito leave her spot in the show do not kill her off...I really admire her and she play a very strong lady and gave so much support to the show.

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    Comment number 17.

    We are in 2004 in terms of Albert Square - we only get an hour of Eastenders a week- so we'll be seeing Pat and Peggy for a long time.

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    Comment number 18.

    There getting rid of all of the good characters! Good Luck for Pam though :)

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    Comment number 19.

    Oh i can't believe Pat is leaving, she has been one of my favourite characters over the years. I grow up with Pat, always loved her sarcasm & sharp wit played brilliantly by Pam St Clement.Eastenders wont be the same without Pat. It hasn't been the same without Pauline,Peggy or Stacey.It will be a sad day when she leaves at the end of the year.Good luck to Pam St Clement in what roles she pursues next.

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    Comment number 20.

    How about a spin-off series with Pat and Peggy?

 

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