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'EastEnders' Pat tribute was moving, says Pam St Clement

Pam St Clement (Pat Evans, EastEnders)


EastEnders legend Pam St Clement has revealed that she was "moved" by the BBC's Farewell Pat tribute.

The 30-minute special was screened by BBC One on Monday evening - a day after viewers had watched the actress's iconic character Pat Evans pass away from cancer. The programme took a look back at some of Pat's best moments and included behind-the-scenes access.

Speaking on Daybreak this morning, St Clement confirmed that she watched her final EastEnders episode with family and friends on New Year's Day - before tuning in for the tribute the following evening.

St Clement explained: "I wasn't going to watch [the final episode] with anybody - I was going to record it and then watch it in a darkened room somewhere, where I could be terribly critical and jump about saying, 'Stupid woman - why did you play it like that?'

"But everybody said, 'Oh no, sit down'. I said, 'I don't want to disturb you all' - but I did make myself behave! And I was quite dispassionate, actually. The strange thing is, after I read the script, I was very moved by it. But as soon as I started working on it, I think everybody did start getting quite emotional - but I couldn't.

"Even about myself leaving - people in the cast would come up and say, 'How do you feel?' and I'd say, 'I can't go there, I can't think about that, because the work's not finished'.

"The strange thing is, the only thing that moved me was the Farewell Pat programme. Which is strange, but I suppose that was personal in a sense."

Pam St Clement (Pat Evans, EastEnders)


Pat lies seriously ill in bed


St Clement also discussed the experience of filming Pat's final episode, which saw the matriarch's loved ones gathering to say goodbye before she died.

"It was a great challenge, that script," she commented. "I looked at it and thought, 'Oh, heck, how do I give light and shade to something where somebody is actually dying?'

"And some of the scenes could have been interpreted as being somewhat similar with Janine and David. So I had to make them different - but I had to make them different within the confines of the illness."

EastEnders will air Pat's funeral episode on Friday, January 13 at 8pm on BBC One.

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Watch some of Pat's EastEnders best bits in the video below:

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