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Wendy Richard MBE to leave EastEnders

Category: EastEnders

Date: 11.07.2006
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EastEnders and Wendy Richard MBE today announced that she will leave the show in a dramatic storyline which will transmit at Christmas.


Wendy first appeared as Pauline Fowler 21 years ago in the opening episode of EastEnders which launched on BBC ONE on 19 February 1985.


She has been part of some of the most memorable storylines which have dealt with ground breaking issues over the years including:


Giving birth to Martin when she was 40 years old


Mark's illness and subsequent death


Helping Arthur during his breakdown


Michelle's affair with Dirty Den which led to the birth of Vicki


Coping with Martin being sent to prison for killing Jamie in a car crash


Martin going off the rails during his teenage years.


Wendy said: "When Julia Smith, the very first Executive Producer of EastEnders, first approached my agent to invite me to play the part of Pauline Fowler I never would have thought that 22 years later I would still be playing her, but nothing lasts forever and I've loved every minute of being part of this fantastic show, and will stay in touch with the many friends I've made."


John Yorke, BBC Controller of Continuing Drama and Head of Independent Drama, said: "Wendy has been at the centre of EastEnders for 21 years, and consequently occupies a huge place in people's hearts.


"To be a star in one show is an achievement that can sometimes be down to luck; to be a star in two separate shows - at two different times of life - denotes a level of skill and expertise that is easy to underestimate.


"Wendy is a consummate professional who has proved herself again and again in both drama and comedy.


"There are many things EastEnders will miss about Wendy, but above all it will be the sheer pride and love she showed for her character, her fictional family, and of course the show."


Kate Harwood, Executive Producer, EastEnders, said: "For many years Wendy simply was EastEnders for the audience and Pauline's indomitable nature typified the grit and fight that embodies the EastEnders spirit as she took on the world and battled through her many troubles.


"We thank her for everything she has done for the show and wish her well."


Wendy Richard is also well known for playing the lovely Miss Brahms in BBC Television's Are You Being Served? in the Seventies.


Her film credits include On The Buses, Carry on Girls, Carry on Matron, the film version of Are You Being Served? and Gumshoe with Albert Finney.


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Category: EastEnders

Date: 11.07.2006
Printable version


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