Les Coker, played by TV veteran Roger Sloman, is to become a permanent EastEnders character as he opens new premises on Albert Square. And Les isn’t alone – he’s joined by his busybody wife Pam, played by Lin Blakley.

Les will be a familiar face to EastEnders viewers, who will have met him when he organised Pat’s funeral. Now he’s back and already up to his neck in the intrigue surrounding Nick Cotton’s demise. The residents of Walford had better watch out, because Les will not only bury your loved ones, he’ll bury your secrets too! We’ve already seen him in deep with mysterious Charlie Cotton but just how far is Les willing to go for money?

Pam’s a small woman with a big heart and an even bigger shoulder to cry on. As well as her duties in the funeral parlour, Pam runs the flower stall on the market. As a former social worker Pam’s pretty unshockable, which is just as well as her friendliness and warmth will no doubt make her a confidant to many of the our favourite characters. But Les had better beware because her loyalty and willingness to forgive might be tested to the limit if she finds out what her husband is up to…

Roger Sloman’s previous credits include Inside No.9, Shameless and Family Affairs. Speaking of joining EastEnders, Roger said: “It’s hugely rewarding to be working alongside actors who I have a huge admiration for and have been a part of my life for so long. It is a thrill to play Les who has so many different angles and is not a straight forward character. It is also a pleasure to be working alongside Lin Blakley.”

Lin Blakley has appeared in Doctors, Holby City and The Football Factory. Lin commented: “Being part of EastEnders is like going to work and being with another family, I’m really enjoying myself. Working with Roger has been wonderful from the word go, we have a laugh together and I feel like I have known him forever.”

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Executive Producer added: “Les and Pam are part of our plans to rejuvenate the show’s older generation. It’s already so exciting to watch the chemistry between Roger and Lin on set, playing characters who have been together for so long, they know each other inside out. Or so they think.”

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Calover3399

    on 10 Apr 2014 16:34

    Is it me or does Pam look a lot like Carol?

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by sheppeyguy

    on 8 Apr 2014 09:10

    I notice the name is Coker and sons, does this mean more family members will be arriving sometime?

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by hifromoz

    on 6 Apr 2014 09:38

    blog123 thanks for that. I'm having trouble remembering that. I think I may have been away and missed it. Wish Ryan would come back. I would love to see them back together. The little girl who plays Lilly is a very good match for Ryan's daughter.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by blog123

    on 5 Apr 2014 13:19

    hifromoz your right Lucy is annoying you will only have to put up with her for a couple more months.Stacey did not go on the run because she killed Archie The tape was recorded over when Janine went to play it in front of everybody at the vic. she went on the run because on Christmas day 2010 Janine stabbed herself and made out to the police it was Stacey because she was jealous that Ryan had left her and was now going out with stacey and was planning on moving away .Hope this helps refresh your memory

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by PAT

    on 5 Apr 2014 09:31

    Good to see two older characters being brought in. I am fed up with all the kids' stories that seems to dominate Eastenders now. I shall never forget Roger Sloman in "Nuts in May"! Looking forward to finding out what all the mystery of Nick Cotton's funeral is all about.

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by hifromoz

    on 5 Apr 2014 06:34

    Change of subject. I'm confused! I though Stacey was on the run for murdering Archie after Janine exposed her via her taped confession. I don't understand the stabbing Janine bit. Can someone refresh my memory please.Not sure where Stacey's character can go if she is on the run. We are 6 weeks behind here. Does anyone else find the girl who plays Lucy really annoying. Her acting ability is getting worse and she makes the most annoying facial expressions. I have trouble understanding what she is saying some of the time.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by lolagnat

    on 4 Apr 2014 20:49

    Great news, I remember he had Ray's daughter working for him and at the time I thought it was interesting. I wish they had kept Ray. Not every character on EE can get a big storyline but it's good to have other character that mingle with the residents.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by King-of-Gossip-2014

    on 4 Apr 2014 17:25

    I am very excited to see Les move onto the Square, and I actually hope he and Pam stay there for the foreseeable. I'd like to see them centre stage of the show, with Les in gritty storylines. I'm also excited to see how well they get on with other people, e.g. Bianca, Phil, Peter etc.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by juliab2002

    on 4 Apr 2014 15:08

    I think they may be the busiest people on the square with all the deaths coming up!!

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by Al Sawyer

    on 4 Apr 2014 11:59

    Hi I am a registered support artist who has followed Eastenders since it started and would love to be part of it even just for one episode. I am with several agencies Mad Dog, UE, London Extra Agency, Casting Collective and many others but I never seem to get on. Could you help at all?

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