He looked divine in uniform and called me Paloma, the Italian for dove. June Brown took a 4 year break in the 90's, meaning is she the third longest running character, due to Pam having no breaks. In 1986 Clement was cast in her most notable role to date—Pat Wicks, the troublesome former prostitute and ex-wife of Pete Beale (Peter Dean), in BBC's EastEnders. Pam adds: “But the most bizarre homage was a fan with a tattoo of Pat’s face on her forearm. He’d become a Customs and Excise officer and applied for a transfer to Scotland. Today in Soap Opera History (May 12), 29 December 2017 [5] Clement has commented that her long run in the show has surprised even her "You are talking to a person who wouldn't sign a West End contract if it was longer than a year…It's madness…I have stuck with it so long because I am always looking to see where they take the character next". Face-Off: Most Anticipated British Heroines, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England, UK, Today in Soap Opera History (December 28), Eastenders: The Ghosts of Ian Beale - Children in Need Special. She says: “I had dreams of making a conventional marriage and fulfilling the functions of a dutiful housewife. It was enough to make any maiden swoon.”. Pamela "Pam" St. Clement (born 12 May 1942 in Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex) is an English actress. A group of us were getting into my car at the end of an evening when we were attacked by a man wielding an axe. We had our own professions but made a home together. It was very difficult to adjust to him coming home, like meeting all over again. [6] She worked in the teaching profession until her desire to act prompted her to attend drama school, the Rose Bruford College, and she eventually took up acting professionally. [4], In 1997, Clement discovered that she had a brother (born in 1934) from her father's first marriage. Pat has gone on to become one of the soap's longest running characters. Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England, UK, 28 December 2018 In Eastenders, as Pat Butcher. “Louis had to return to sea and was away three months at a time. “It was a pretty gay city even then, a mecca of fun and outrageous alternativeness. She has played Pat Evans (formerly Pat Wicks and more recently Pat Butcher) in the BBC soap opera EastEnders since 1986, and is now one of the programme's longest-serving cast members. Clement's character was originally brought in on a trial basis for a period of three episodes. Opening up for the first time about her early years concealing her bisexuality, Pam says flying out to Australia gave her the breathing space she needed. | Then she fell in love with Diana, who was to become a major part of her life. Get a daily email direct to your inbox with our newsletter. [4] She has played the character continuously since her first appearance on 12 June 1986—over a year after the show began. It doesn't cost anything to do and I think it is so important. However she was persuaded to continue by Smith, who said: "'We've only seen one layer of the onion skin—the defensiveness—now we'll start to peel away more and get to the vulnerability that lies behind it'."[3]. Clement's parents, Ann Tribe and Reginald Clement, married in 1940,[1] but shortly after Clement's birth in 1942, her mother died and she was put into foster care when her father remarried. It was around this time the star and her pals were left petrified by the axe attacker. "[5], She is a dog lover and has spent time with People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) supporters at Crufts, attending PDSA fundraising events and supporting the annual London Animal Day. Pam says: “Diana and I both withdrew into our own pain. Her first big break came in 1976, when she was cast in an episode of TV prison drama, Within These Walls.[8]. “He was an Italian naval officer. “Getting a boyfriend was never a problem,” she says. You can unsubscribe at any time. May 11, [5] In 1998 she lost several stones from dieting, which led the media to speculate that she had become ill.[11] She later commented: "I have since decided I wasn't made to be slim. 1942 I simply wanted to act because it fed my soul.”. [2] Clement subsequently grew up in various different foster homes until she was taken in by a family who owned a farm in Devon. Where have I seen her before? In spite of this, he had never mentioned having any other children. [15], We find EastEnder star Pam's secret brother, Tomorrow some 20 million people will tune in to EastEnders, https://lgbt.wikia.org/wiki/Pam_St._Clement?oldid=38330. “Not all the local residents were tolerant of the club’s existence.