Wendy Richard, MBE (born Wendy Emerton 20 July 1943 – 26 February 2009) was an English actress best known for playing Miss Brahms in Are You Being Served? and Pauline Fowler in EastEnders, a role she played for nearly twenty two years. Until her on screen death in December 2006, she was one of only two original cast members to appear continuously from the first episode in 1985, the other being Adam Woodyatt, who played her screen nephew Ian Beale. She was first educated at St George's Primary School in Mount Street, Mayfair, west London, before attending the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, and then the Italia Conti Academy stage school in London.
She died on 26 February 2009 at the Harley Street clinic where she was being treated for a third bout of breast cancer.