Fans have been left delighted as actress Lin Blakley looks set to return to EastEnders for a short stint later this year.
The 70-year-old has played Pam Coker on and off since 2014, and she is preparing to head back to Albert Square “soon” to reprise her role for “a couple of episodes”.
She said: “I love going back. I’m going back soon.
“Just for a couple of episodes and I love it. I love popping back. I’m so happy and pleased that I’m able to do that.
“I haven’t been back for a year but I’m going back for a couple of episodes, so that is wonderful.”
Lin is grateful to EastEnders for giving her the role as Pam, admitting the part “opened a few doors” for her as an actress.
She added to Express.co.uk: “I absolutely love everything about it. I’m glad they chose me because it certainly opened a few more doors for me as an actress.
“Coming back into the business at the end of 2003 I didn’t quite expect to do something like this.
“Being in people’s homes four nights a week. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for that.”
Pam first appeared in Walford as the wife of Les Coker (Roger Sloman) in April 2014.
The two characters departed Albert Square in October 2016 following the death of their grandson Paul Coker (Jonny Labey), who was killed off in a homophobic attack a month earlier.
Les was revealed to be a cross-dresser whose alter ego, Christine, was made known to viewers before wife Pam found out.
Although we haven’t seen Les since his 2014 departure, Pam has since returned for a number of guest appearances, in May 2017, June 2017 and in February 2018.
Fans are delighted Pam will be back on the soap again – with many suggesting it’s something that should be made more permanent.
Writing on a Digital Spy forum one person said: “Thrilled with this news.
“Whilst I’d prefer the news she was making a full-time return I’m looking forward to this. Looking forward to her scenes with Max’s Ben.
“I miss that warm presence Pam brought to the show. With Dot appearing much more sparingly these days, I feel it would be good to have someone like Pam on the show who characters could confide in and come to for advice.”
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Another added: “Brilliant news! Love Pam.”
“I’d love to see her back full time; she was great!” said a third.
A fourth agreed: “Pam and Les need to return full time. Still don’t understand why they were axed.”
Further comments said: “Would love a full time Pam return. Definitely the wrong decision to get rid,” and: “It’s about time she came back full time. She’s a legend!”
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