Lin Blakley

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Lin Blakley
Born
Linda E. Stevens

1 March 1949 (age 69)
Guildford, Surrey, England
OccupationActress
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Alan Blakley (1969–96; his death)
ChildrenKirsten Blakley (b.1971)
Claudie Blakley (b. 1973)

Linda E. "Lin" Blakley (née Stevens) is a British actress, best known for her role as Pam Coker in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders.[1]

Career[edit]

In 2004, Blakley appeared in the film The Football Factory as the mother to Tamara (Sophie Linfield) and the stage productions of Effi's Burning and All My Sons as Effi and Kate respectively. The following year, she played Pam in Shaking Dreamland and Maureen Groves in Derailed.[2] In 2006, Blakley made guest appearances in ITV1 drama Vital Signs and BBC medical drama Doctors as Irene and Susan Staplehurst respectively. She also appeared in stage productions of Hay Fever and You Never Can Tell as Clara and Mrs Clandon in 2006 and in the stage production of Puntill and his man Matti as Emma in 2007. In 2007, Blakley also appeared in short film, Gone Fishing as Emily and an episode of ITV police drama, The Bill.[2] The following year, Blakley starred in film Sydney Turtlebaum as Brenda, TV film The Children as Mel, a second episode of The Bill as Lorna Wickham and in a one-woman performance of Talking Heads.

In 2009, Blakley appeared in the film, Malice in Wonderland as Mrs. Jones; one episode of the ITV1 murder drama, Midsomer Murders as Janet Painter; one further episodes of Doctors as Elaine Preston; as lead role, Ursula in the stage production of Vincent in Brixton; and in the stage production of The Entertainer as Phoebe.[2] In the following year, she played Rachael Pennington in an episode of BBC medical drama, Holby City and played Marguerita in the stage production of The Miser. 2011 saw Blakley appear in two films: Late Bloomers as 'The Grey Panther' and Age of Heroes as Mrs. Shepard.[2] She also appeared in an episode of Law & Order: UK as Jessica. In 2012, she appeared in: Rufus Stone, a short film, as Abigail; an episode of One Night, a BBC one-off four-part drama, as Joan Burton, however the character was also just credited as 'School Secretary'; and an episode of Hunted, a BBC drama, as Grandma Freeman.[2] In 2013, she appeared as Barbara Kay in her third episode of Doctors and also starred in an episode of BBC fantasy-adventure drama Atlantis as Emily. Blakley has also filmed the role of Jen in a film entitled Gozo and the film is currently in post-production and due to be released in 2015.[2] In December 2017 she appeared as Mrs. Claus in a Kellogg’s Corn Flakes advert.[citation needed] The following month, Blakley appeared in BBC medical drama, Casualty, as cancer patient Maggie Coomes.[3] In February 2018, she will star in one episode of forensic drama Silent Witness as Mrs. Kennedy.[citation needed]

EastEnders[edit]

Blakley joined the cast of popular BBC soap opera, EastEnders, as the wife of undertaker Les Coker (Roger Sloman), Pam, following his promotion to the regular cast.[4] They would be setting up their funeral business in the fictional setting of Walford. Pam was billed as "a small woman with a big heart and an even bigger shoulder to cry on."[4] Sloman stated how delighted he was to be working with Blakley and when commenting about her casting, Blakley said: "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."[4] Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins also spoke about how he enjoyed watching the chemistry between Sloman and Blakley.[4] Her storylines since arriving have included: her friendly personality and interaction with the community; her friendships with Claudette Hubbard (Ellen Thomas) and Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick); the secrets that Les and Pam share, including that Pam assisted her son, Laurie, to die and that Les is a cross-dresser; the difficult relationship they share with their grandson, Paul (Jonny Labey); and mourning for Paul when he is murdered.

Blakley was written out of the show alongside Sloman in 2016 following the appointment of a new executive producer. A show insider commented, "Pam and Les have been a big part of the show over the past few months and with their current storyline, bosses felt that it was the right time for their characters to leave the Square. There is still plenty more drama to come from the Cokers before they leave Walford."[5] Pam departed in the episode broadcast on 14 October.[6] Blakely filmed two appearances for the soap in 2017 and Pam appeared in the episodes broadcast on 25 May and 22 June.[7] Pam made another appearance in the soap in February 2018.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Blakley married founding member of the 1960s pop band The Tremeloes, Alan Blakley in 1969.[9] Two years later they had a daughter, Kirsten, who would become the lead singer in indie band named Little Spitfire, and in 1973 they had a second daughter, Claudie, who became an actress, notable for starring in Pride and Prejudice and Lark Rise to Candleford.[9] Blakley is also Patron of Windlesham Drama Group.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2004 The Football Factory Tamara's mother
Meat June Short film
2005 Shaking Dreamland Pam
Derailed Maureen Groves TV film
2007 Gone Fishing Emily Short film
2008 Sydney Turtlebaum Brenda
The Children Mel TV film
2009 Malice in Wonderland Mrs. Jones
2011 Late Bloomers The Grey Panther
Age of Heroes Mrs Shepard
2012 Rufus Stone Abigail Short film
2015 Gozo Jen Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Vital Signs Irene 1 episode
Doctors Susan Staplehurst 1 episode
2007 The Bill Mrs Harman 1 episode
2008 Lorna Wickham 1 episode
2009 Midsomer Murders Janet Painter 1 episode
Doctors Elaine Preston 1 episode
2010 Holby City Rachael Pennington 1 episode
2011 Law & Order: UK Jessica Vickery 1 episode
2012 One Night Joan Burton/School Secretary 1 episode
Hunted Grandma Freeman 1 episode
2013 Doctors Emily 1 episode
2014–2018 EastEnders Pam Coker Regular role
2018 Casualty Maggie Coomes 2 episodes
Silent Witness Mrs Kennedy 2 episodes
Ackley Bridge Mrs Carter 1 episode

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Effi's Burning Effi Lead role
All My Sons Kate
2006 You Never Can Tell Mrs Clandon
Hay Fever Clara
2007 Puntill and his man Matti Emma
2008 Talking Heads Lead One Woman Performance
2009 Vincent in Brixton Ursula Lead role
The Entertainer Phoebe
2010 The Miser Marguerita

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pam Coker – BBC EastEnders
  2. ^ a b c d e f Lin Blakley – Spotlight
  3. ^ Writer: Jon Sen; Director: Fiona Walton; Producer: Gwenllian Gravelle (27 January 2017). "Episode 21". Casualty. BBC. BBC One.
  4. ^ a b c d Digital Spy – EastEnders to introduce Les Coker's wife, Pam for new funeral parlour
  5. ^ Methven, Nicola (28 July 2016). "EastEnders' cross-dressing funeral boss Les Coker and wife Pam to leave soap". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  6. ^ Executive Producer: Sean O'Connor; Director: Sophie Lifschutz; Writer: Daran Little (14 October 2016). "Episode dated 14/10/2016". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  7. ^ Dainty, Sophie (13 June 2017). "EastEnders will welcome back Pam Coker again next week as she arrives to support Billy Mitchell". Digital Spy. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  8. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (30 January 2018). "EastEnders return for Pam Coker as Billy Mitchell faces the week from hell". Digital Spy. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ a b IMDb – Lin Blakley

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