‘EastEnders’ legend Pat Butcher is reportedly set to make a surprise return to the BBC soap, four years after she was killed off.
The character, played by Pam St Clement for 26 years until 2012, will make an appearance in cancer-stricken Peggy Mitchell’s final scenes, according to reports.
Dame Barbara Windsor, who played the former Queen Vic landlady, is currently filming her deathbed scenes and it’s believed Pat will appear as a hallucination.
The two characters were the the two leading matriarchs of Albert Square and had more than a few explosive rows over the years.
It is believed Barbara, 78, played a key role in persuading Pam to return to the Square - as well as her on-screen son Grant, played by Ross Kemp.
Ross told the Radio Times: “It’s impossible to say no to Barbara.”
Despite agreeing to return, the 51-year-old actor, who played the soap’s resident hardman for ten years, admitted he was ‘wetting’ himself at the thought of reprising his character.
He told the Radio Times: “I’ve had sniper rounds go through the wall behind me, and I am quite cool under fire. I’m good at dealing with things like that.
“But I’m wetting myself at the thought of going back to EastEnders.
“I’m panicking about everything. About whether I’ve lost the ability to learn all the lines. About whether I can cope with it all…
“[It’s] the middle-class ethics I was brought up with. I worry about letting people down, letting myself down. That’s my biggest fear. It’s going to be like going back to sixth form.”