|Portrayed by||Roger Sloman|
|Introduced by|| Bryan Kirkwood (2012) |
Dominic Treadwell-Collins (2014)
|First Appearance||9 January 2012|
|Last Appearance||14 October 2016|
|Duration||2012, 2014–16, 2018|
|Address||53A Turpin Road|
|Date of Birth||11 October 1948|
Leslie "Les" Coker made his first appearance 9th January 2012. He is portrayed by Roger Sloman.
Les Coker is Albert Square’s new undertaker. On the surface he’s a kind, charismatic charmer - but there’s a hint of something more sinister lying underneath. Partial to a dodgy deal or two, one of his biggest downfalls is his greed. Despite this, Les is a true skinflint! Having been pulled into the family business by his father, Les married his first love, Pam in 1972, and after nearly 50 years together they’ve developed an unbreakable bond. Les would never admit it, but he likes a bit of a gossip. So it’s a good thing he’s married to Pam, the nosiest lady in London.
When Les was a lad he was sent to pick up a dress. A women in the next street was mending it for Les' mum. It was lying on the back of the woman's sofa, Les held it.
Les brought the dress home, went up stairs and tried it on. Les' dad walked in while he was wearing the dress. His dad had a shocked turning to disgust look on his face but did not yell or give Les a beating. He just held out his hand and Les took of the dress and put it in his hand. From then on his father looked at him with disgust.
Christine was created after Les saw the woman who mended his mum's dress as she beautiful, strong and smart. She had a sick husband and had to look after him.
In his youth Les and Pam went to see the Dave Clark Five at the Tottenham Royal. Lew and Pam walked round the park for hours waiting for the sun to come up. Pam's mum was angry and was ban from seeing him for a few weeks. On the 10th October 1975, they had a son, Laurie Coker.
Les and Pam took Laurie and his friend for hamburgers in aid of Laurie 's fifth birthday, the manager took the children on a tour of the restaurant and he locked them in the freezer for a few seconds then let them out. Then when they got home Laurie wanted to try it in their fridge and he wouldn't go to bed until Les and Pam showed him he couldn't fit.
Pam and Les took Laurie on his first holiday in an old static caravan. Whilst on holiday a flash flood nearly washed them away. In 1993, Les arranged the funeral of Pete Beale.
Les arranged Pat Evans funeral. He tells them he used to know Pat when he was an apprentice, implying he was her client when she was a prostitute, and offers a discount on the funeral. He says that he arranged funerals for many of the other local residents, including David's father Pete Beale, Ethel Skinner and Archie Mitchell.
He returns for a single episode on 20 June 2012, to meet Jean Slater to finalize arrangements for the funeral of her daughter Stacey Slater. Jean is distressed to hear that Stacey is dead, but Mo Harris reveals she has just spoken to Stacey on the phone, meaning Stacey is alive. Les apologies profoundly before leaving. On 5 July, he is seen by Sasha Dixon doing business with Anthony Moon and it turns out that when someone dies, Les offers to empty their house and sells the goods to Anthony for his business. Sasha and her employer, Cora Cross, then ask Les to offer every other house to them for the charity shop. On 10 July, he attends a wake for a former Walford resident at The Queen Victoria public house, where Kim Fox pretends to know the deceased, and talks to Les, successfully gaining Sasha a work experience placement with Les's firm.
On 17 July 2012, he attends the wake of a man previously known by Patrick Trueman and is annoyed when Cora turns up, as he has agreements with her and Anthony. On 31 July, he appears when Sasha starts her first day of work experience.
Les appears again on 25 March 2014 to arrange Nick Cotton's funeral. Les Coker was made a permanent character in April 2014, and opens a funeral parlor with his wife, Pam. When walking home one night, Arthur Chubb, known as Fatboy, notices Les being handed money by Dot Branning's grandson Charlie Cotton. Fatboy tries to tell Dot what Les and Charlie are up to, but is unsuccessful. In July, Les hires Billy Mitchell at the undertakers, however he is disappointed when Billy doesn't turn up for work on his first day
It was thought that he was having affair with Claudette Yates who is Donna's adopted mother, she come to the square for Donna's birthday and recently been informed that she has gone away abroad and Pam said thats where Les is and says that they should meet up.
Les arranges a party for the centenary of Coker & Sons, and Pam gets upset at the thought that their grandson, Paul, will not attend. The same day, Paul returns but is cold towards Les. He reveals he is aware of his long running affair with Claudette and that was why he went to work abroad in the first place, not because of Pam's decision to euthanise his father as they previously believed. Paul threatens to expose the affair to Pam so Les tries to end things with Claudette, but Claudette tells Les that it will not be that easy. Claudette's son Vincent then becomes aware of the relationship between her and Les, and Paul tells Pam about it. Pam then finds Les's tie at Claudette's house, and when Les and Claudette give conflicting explanations, Pam leaves to stay with her sister. Les becomes very distraught at her departure, and Claudette urges him to tell Pam the truth, just as Pam returns and walks in on them together. Shortly after Claudette leaves the house, Pam urges Les to end the affair or their marriage is over. Two months later, Les visits Claudette for comfort after Pam refuses to speak to him on Laurie's birthday. He later calls Claudette, telling her he cannot stop thinking about her, and makes an excuse to Pam to go and be with Claudette again. He is then caught in his underwear in Claudette's house by Donna.
In actual fact, he was trying to hide the fact that he was a transvestite who went by the name of Christine.