Nick Berry's EastEnders return

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 January 2012
Pam St Clement

Pam St. Clement

Nick Berry made a surprise reappearance on 'EastEnders' last night, reprising his role as Simon Wicks for a 15-second cameo to say goodbye to Pat Evans (Pam St. Clement)

Nick Berry made a shock return to 'EastEnders' last night (13.01.11).

The 48-year-old star's character Simon 'Wicksy' Wicks made a surprise reappearance after 22 years away from Albert Square to say goodbye to his mother Pat Evans (Pam St. Clement), who died on New Year's Day (31.12.11).

Last night's episode - which had been extended to 40 minutes - saw the residents of Walford turn out for Pat's funeral and fans had been advised to tune in after the credits for a surprise.

The 15 second cameo - which was shot on Thursday (12.01.11) and still being edited hours before the show began last night - saw a suited Simon arrive at Pat's grave in the dead of night clutching a bouquet of flowers. With tears in his eyes, he said simply 'Goodbye mum' as the show ended.

Nick - who has now retired from acting - was one of the original cast members of the programme, which began in 1985.

He left the show five years later in a storyline which saw Simon emigrate to New Zealand with Ian Beale's wife Cindy, who he had been having an affair with.

Nick then embarked on a brief pop career - scoring a number one hit in 1986 with 'Every Loser Wins' - and then landed a role in ITV drama 'Heartbeat', playing PC Nick Rowan for six years.

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