Martin Kemp: Pam St. Clement was right to quit 'Enders

Martin Kemp believes Pam St. Clement made the right decision when choosing to leave BBC One soap 'EastEnders'

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Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp thinks Pam St. Clement's decision to quit 'EastEnders' was the right one.

The 50-year-old actor has fond memories of the veteran actress - who played Pat Butcher in the BBC One soap - after co-starring with her from 1998 to 2002, but believes it is time for her to "spread her wings" after bowing out of the role during the festive season.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I still watch 'EastEnders' from time to time. I did quite a few scenes with Pam, I remember we spent three or four days locked in a cellar once so we had some quite scenes. She's a great actress, I'm sure she'll go on to other things.

"I think she's making the right move, it's nice to spread your wings a bit.

"Although viewers will miss her I don't think anyone is bigger than the show, it doesn't matter who comes or who goes. When I was there I always thought the star of the show was and always will be the pub, the Queen Vic. Everything else is an extra around it."

Martin recently filmed a guest star role for BBC One drama 'Hustle' and he drew inspiration for his hardman character from previous characters, including bad boy Steve Owen in 'EastEnders'.

He added: "My character's a gangster, he's called Harry Holmes and he's a character that I've played many times before so it was kind of like wearing a nice pair of worn in shoes.

"Little bits of the Kray twins from the programme that I shot many years ago, bits of Steve Owen from 'EastEnders' and this is an amalgamation of many of the characters that I've played. 'Hustle' is heightened reality though so this is a bit more fun than playing a usual gangster.

Martin Kemp guest stars in the new series of 'Hustle' on Friday (20.01.12) at 9pm on BBC One.

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