EastEnders' Pam St Clement recalls mooning Dame Barbara Winsdor on first meeting

Pam St Clement has recalled her first meeting with Dame Barbara Windsor, after the EastEnders icon died on Thursday.

The actress – who played Peggy Mitchell on the BBC soap – died peacefully from Alzheimer’s at a care home at the age of 83, husband Scott Mitchell announced.

Following the tragic news, Pat Butcher star Pam shared her beloved memories with her close pal.

Appearing on This Morning, she remembered mooning the late screen legend on stage during their unusual first meeting.

She told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: ‘I always go back to the very first time I met Barbara, and I was fortuitous in a strange sort of way… 

‘I was working at Joan Littlewood’s Theatre, at Stratford East, and was doing a play in which I had to turn to somebody… It was a period piece and I was in a long frock.

‘I had to turn to somebody and just moon. Just flip the back of my skirt up and just show them my bottom. I heard this [cackle from crowd]. 

‘[I thought] “What’s that? It sounds like Barbara Windsor.” And indeed, that was the first time… 

‘I met her afterwards, she said “Oh I loved it!” How prescient that was because many years later, we were together on the set of EastEnders.’

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The pair would go on to delight soap fans with their screen bond over the years – with a rollercoaster friendship that spanned the decades and gave us some infamous quotes.

Speaking of her overriding memory from those times, Pam continued: ‘I think all those wonderful scenes that were written for Pat and Peggy, particularly over the love story with Frank. 

‘We had such fun, we had such good times. We both have the same work ethic and we just got in there and did it.’

She also explained that she last met Dame Barbara months ago, something that will remain ‘a sadness’ to her.

‘We’ve [Pam and Scott] kept in close contact, he’s kept me up to speed, as it were, with everything that’s been happening,’ she added.

‘I’ve been out of the country for most of this year, and so I wasn’t… Well, nobody could go and visit her, with the lockdowns and everything. It was impossible, which is sad, in a sense, because it means I haven’t seen her for nearly a year.

‘That is a sadness to me.’

Dame Barbara died on Thursday evening, with Scott confirming the sad news in the early hours of Friday morning.

Following his announcement, tributes poured in for the beloved actress from across the country – with EastEnders stars penning heartfelt messages.

Cast mates Steve McFadden, Letitia Dean and Adam Woodyatt led the messages, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson also shared his support.

This Morning continues on weekdays, at 10am, on ITV.

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