She starred as the iconic Pat Butcher for 26 years in EastEnders.
Yet soap legend Pam St Clement has kept a low profile since leaving the soap in 2012.
So fans were delighted on Wednesday as she made a rare appearance on social media as she celebrated her 80th birthday.
Milestone: EastEnders legend Pam St Clement made a rare appearance on social media on her co-star Kellie Shirley’s Instagram page as she celebrated 80th birthday
The TV icon was last seen in public following the death of her close friend and co-star Barbara Windsor, where she fought back tears on This Morning.
But Pam looked in high spirits as she marked her milestone birthday with fellow former EastEnders star Kellie Shirley.
Kellie, who played Carly Wicks in the BBC One soap, shared a snap of her and her children with a smiling Pam who is the soaps one of the shows longest-serving characters.
Icon: Pam starred at Pat Butcher in the soap for 26 years – from 1986 to 2012 making her one of the shows longest-serving characters
Co-star: Kellie starred alongside Pam playing Carly Wicks in the BBC One soap
She wrote: ‘Happy birthday to the Queen of #Walford and total legend that is #pamstclement #80 so much love and so glad you’re in our life!.’
Kellie’s followers flocked to the comments section to wish Pam a happy birthday, with one even sharing a touching personal story about the TV veteran.
‘I ADORE PAM,’ said one follower.
Birthday wish: Kellie, who played Carly Wicks in the BBC One soap, shared a snap of her and her children with a smiling Pam who is the soaps one of the shows longest-serving characters
‘Happy Birthday Pam! Love & Miss you!’ a viewer posted.
Another gushed: ‘Happy birthday Pam. A wonderful lady. Xx’
Sharing a meaning memory one follower penned: Working behind a bar in Hastings, Pam was staying at our hotel and could see I was struggling so jumped behind the bar and started pouring the drinks. Happy birthday Pam! An absolute legend.’
Special greetings: Kellie’s followers flocked to the comments section to wished Pam a happy birthday, with one even sharing a touching story
While another joked: ‘Oi Pat get out my pub….but Happy Birthday.’
In December 2020 Pam fought back tears as she expressed her sadness at not seeing close friend and former co-star Dame Barbara Windsor for almost a year before her death to Alzheimer’s disease aged 83.
The screen legend’s passing was confirmed by her husband Scott Mitchell shortly after she lost her six-year battle with the degenerative illness at a London care home in December 2020.
Regret: In December Pam fought back tears as she expressed her sadness at not seeing close friend Dame Barbara Windsor for almost a year before her death
Appearing remotely on This Morning from her Oxfordshire home, Pam admitted it was Scott who kept her informed of Dame Barbara’s deteriorating condition after COVID restrictions contrived to keep her away.
She said: ‘We’ve stayed in close contact. He’s kept me up to speed as it were with everything that’s been happening.
‘I’ve been out of the country for much of this year so I couldn’t visit her, well nobody could 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, and that is a sadness to me.’
Barbara made her first appearance as Peggy Mitchell in 1994, and Pam – who played screen nemesis Pat Butcher – admitted she ‘felt like curtsying’ when her co-star arrived on set.
She said: ‘It was such an extraordinary thing when we knew Barbara was coming into the show. I felt like curtsying when she came in.
‘She said to me, ‘Please tell me if I’m not doing anything right.’ She probably had more experience behind a bar than I did.’
Bond: Pam enjoyed a close friendship with Dame Barbara that extended beyond their time together on BBC soap EastEnders