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.

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.

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.

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.

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 58. Posted by nicnak

    on 2 Jan 2012 16:00

    I CANT BELIEVE THEY GAVE THE STORYLINE OF CANCER TO PAT, IT WAS SO SAD AND NOW A LEGEND IS NOT ABLE TO COME BACK, I WILL MISS PAT SO MUCH YOU WERE REALLY A GREAT CHARACTER

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  • Comment number 57. Posted by Luca46

    on 13 Aug 2011 14:26

    I don't want Pat to leave she a brilliant character and she allways will be

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  • Comment number 56. Posted by ShiningEast

    on 10 Aug 2011 23:14

    Like others have said since the major characters are leaving will you PLEASE bring a new family in? A dodgy family like drug dealers and murderers. We haven't had a family like that for ages. Phil Mitchell is getting old for the role of the Eastender gangster (but is still loved), new, young, badboys are needed. A family of five or six should do then there will be more fresh storylines and no more poor quality storylines like "The baby swap" and "The Masood dramas". Thanks!

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  • Comment number 55. Posted by ShiningEast

    on 10 Aug 2011 23:01

    Nooooooo! Why are you getting rid of all the legendary characters? Grant, Peggy, Stacey (just to name a few). D'=

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  • Comment number 54. Posted by paperdollsandbarbiepinkxo

    on 27 Jul 2011 15:05

    why cant i post a comment on the webcams section?x

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  • Comment number 53. Posted by mumnpops

    on 23 Jul 2011 19:03

    i love the christian and syed storyline.

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  • Comment number 52. Posted by EmzzEE

    on 22 Jul 2011 19:36

    awww, no x

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  • Comment number 51. Posted by damo

    on 19 Jul 2011 15:53

    i think its now time to bring back sharon watts too many classics charactors have gone and i think eastenders has lost somthing that only classic charactors give thats why im asking for the return of sharon.

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  • Comment number 50. Posted by Claire

    on 18 Jul 2011 19:35

    I'll be sad such an iconic character is leaving but recently I've really started to dislike Pat especially with the way she's treating Janine

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  • Comment number 49. Posted by Moscowjoe

    on 14 Jul 2011 13:12

    I guess I don't like "change" sometimes and this is one of those times. Pat was my fave character as I learned to tune-in Eastenders from Moscow as an American Expat wanting English language TV from 1997-2008. Now when I go to Europe and/or the UK, it's the 1st thing I switch on at the hotel. I'll miss her and wish her well!!! All of the cast really; not sure how they do it day after day...but all of them are very very professional and know their craft. May as well be British after all those years watching the BBC

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