EastEnders star Pam St Clement: It's time to hang up Pat Butcher's earrings
The actress plays bolshy grandmother Pat Evans who's famed for her colourful outfits and tacky jewellery.
'I have enjoyed 25-and-a-half wonderful years but I feel it's time to hang up her earrings,' says Pam, 69.
'Leaving the EastEnders "family" will be akin to a bereavement.
'But I'm looking forward to other work and life opportunities that I will have the time to pursue.'
Pam is the soap's 2nd longest-serving star after Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale.
Character Pat Evans has been married 4 times and is a former prostitute who's been involved in her fair share of catfights.
'Over the years, we've seen her develop from a shrew into a matriarch,' Executive Producer Bryan Kirkwood tells Metro.
'Pat's colour, warmth and steel have given EastEnders some of its most memorable stories.'