There’s a new business opening in Albert Square, but it’s not a good sign for some, as Les Coker, played by TV veteran Roger Sloman, opens a funeral parlour.
Les, who previously appeared organising Pat’s funeral, will be joined by his busybody wife Pam, played by Lin Blakley, as part of EastEnders bid to refocus on some of the older residents of EastEnders.
Roger said: “It’s hugely rewarding to be working alongside actors who I have a huge admiration for and have been a part of my life for so long. It is a thrill to play Les who has so many different angles and is not a straight forward character. It is also a pleasure to be working alongside Lin Blakley.”
Les is currently back and already up to his neck in the intrigue surrounding Nick Cotton’s demise. But EastEnders warns that the locals ‘had better watch out because Les will not only bury your loved ones, he’ll bury your secrets too.’
Pam’s a small woman with a big heart and an even bigger shoulder to cry on. As well as her duties in the funeral parlour, Pam runs the flower stall on the market.
Lin Blakley has appeared in Doctors, Holby City and The Football Factory. Lin commented: “Being part of EastEnders is like going to work and being with another family, I’m really enjoying myself. Working with Roger has been wonderful from the word go, we have a laugh together and I feel like I have known him forever.”
Dominic Treadwell-Collins, EastEnders executive producer, added: “Les and Pam are part of our plans to rejuvenate the show’s older generation. It’s already so exciting to watch the chemistry between Roger and Lin on set, playing characters who have been together for so long, they know each other inside out. Or so they think.”