Tom Clements
Tom Clements
Portrayed by Donald Tandy
Introduced by Julia Smith
Gender Male Male
First Appearance 26 August 1986
Last Appearance 21 April 1988
Duration 1986–88
Episode Count 71
Address 25 Albert Square
Status Deceased
Date of Death 21 April 1988
Occupation Potman

Tom Clements was a character in EastEnders from 26 August 1986 to 21 April 1988. He was the Queen Vic potman and a rival to Arthur Fowler at the allotments. Tom was played by actor Donald Tandy.


Tom is an army war veteran. Tom is first seen in Albert Square in August 1986. He lives with his spinster sister in the council house at 25 Albert Square and he initially works for the council as custodian of the community centre. He is also a member of the Walford Allotments where he competes with Arthur Fowler in the growing of leeks and marrows. He manages to win first prize for the best leeks at the Walford & District Allotment Society Show, when he actually steals them from Arthur — the leeks he had been hoping to enter were damaged by Roly the poodle the night before the competition.

After his sister dies, Tom seeks the female company of Dot Cotton and Pat Wicks, but Dot remains faithful to her marriage vows and Pat thinks Tom is too old for her boisterous lifestyle. In 1986, Tom accepts an offer to work as potman at The Queen Victoria public house. He is paid in pints and occasional cash-in-hand. Later on Tom swaps lodgings with Dot and moves next door to the flat at Number 23A Albert Square. He dies at his post in the pub toilets of a heart attack on 21 April 1988. As he has no close relatives or friends surviving, Dot takes it upon herself to arrange his funeral and dispose of his personal belongings via a yard sale with Ethel. She is shocked to find that he carried a small picture of herself in his pocket. Dot is later furious when only she and Ian Beale attend his funeral.

See also

Ian Beale | Sharon Mitchell | Kathy Beale | Dot Branning | Martin Fowler | Phil Mitchell | Sonia Fowler | Robbie Jackson | Mel Owen | Ben Mitchell | Billy Mitchell | Kat Moon | Mo Harris | Bex Fowler | Patrick Trueman | Louise Mitchell | Bobby Beale | Stacey Fowler | Jean Slater | Ruby Allen | Honey Mitchell | Denise Fox | Max Branning | Janet Mitchell | Shirley Carter | Jay Brown | Rainie Branning | Jack Branning | Dotty Cotton | Will Mitchell | Whitney Dean | Tiffany Butcher | Amy Mitchell | Dotty Cotton | Kim Fox-Hubbard | Lily Fowler | Ricky Mitchell | Tommy Moon | Dennis Rickman | Tina Carter | Linda Carter | Mick Carter | Bert Moon | Ernie Moon | Kush Kazemi | Pearl Fox-Hubbard | Ollie Carter | Arthur Fowler | Keegan Baker | Ted Murray | Karen Taylor | Keanu Taylor | Bernadette Taylor | Chatham Taylor | Riley Taylor | Hope Fowler | Abi Branning | Arshad Ahmed | Mariam Ahmed | Callum "Halfway" Highway | Hayley Slater | Mitch Baker | Stuart Highway | Adam Bateman | Cherry Slater | Evie Steele | Mica Fox-Hubbard | Bailey Baker | Habiba Ahmed | Iqra Ahmed | Ash Kaur
Characters (Selected)
Saeed Jeffery | Debbie Wilkins | Tony Carpenter | Kelvin Carpenter | Naima Jeffery | Sue Osman | Mehmet Osman | Ali Osman | Vicki Fowler | Paul Trueman | Zoe Slater | Chrissie Watts | David Wicks | Simon Wicks | Ricky Butcher | Diane Butcher | Andrew Cotton | Peter Beale | Liam Butcher | Dean Wicks | Babe Smith | Courtney Mitchell | Grant Mitchell | James Willmott-Brown | Johnny Carter | Tanya Cross | Lauren Branning | Michelle Fowler | Alfie Moon | Annie Smith | Lofty Holloway | Mary Smith
Characters (Selected)
Lou Beale | Andy O'Brien | Pete Beale | Arthur Fowler | Cindy Beale | Steve Owen | Tiffany Mitchell | Ethel Skinner | Angie Watts | Roy Evans | Mark Fowler | Barry Evans | Den Watts | Dennis Rickman | Johnny Allen | Pauline Fowler | Frank Butcher | Archie Mitchell | Nana Moon | Bradley Branning | Pat Evans | Heather Trott | Derek Branning | Lucy Beale | Nick Cotton | Jim Branning | Charlie Slater | Peggy Mitchell | Arthur Chubb (Fatboy) | Ronnie Mitchell | Roxy Mitchell | Steven Beale | Abi Branning | Harold Legg | Hunter Owen
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