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"Do not mess with me, Patrick Trueman. I'm warning you! You will be very sorry if you do!".
~ Claudette moments before her "demise" while confronting Patrick Trueman with the intent of getting vengeance against him.

Claudette Hubbard is a fictional character and recurring antagonist of the BBC British soap opera EastEnders. She served as one of the secondary antagonists in 2015 and an anti-heroine in 2016.

In her characterization, she is the mother of Vincent Hubbard and ex-lover of co-protagonist Patrick Trueman. The character's storylines saw Claudette harboring a grudge against both the established Mitchell Family and their common enemy Gavin Sullivan, as it transpired that she and Gavin were both involved in a crime that also included their mutual acquaintance Eric Mitchell to begin with. While not thoroughly an evil character, Claudette was depicted as somewhat crime lady and antagonistic individual who was more than willing to clash with those around her whenever they crossed her of Vincent.

She was portrayed by Ellen Thomas.

History

She first showed up to be a kind, caring, empathetic, and family-oriented woman who would do anything for her children. Claudette has fostered many children over the course of 30 years, as well as feud with the Mitchell family. When Henry Hubbard, her husband, was murdered on Christmas 1981, Claudette pinned the crime on Eric Mitchell, her sworn arch-rival and the patriarch of the Mitchell family. Ever since then, she has made her son Vincent get revenge on the Mitchells' for the murder. However, fellow enemy Gavin Sullivan knew the truth of the killing and used it to blackmail Claudette for years.

Arthur Chubb, a good friend of Vincent's and his employee, was caught up in the conflict between the Hubbards and Mitchells when Ronnie Mitchell sent several men to beat up Vincent. Claudette found out about this and sent the men towards Arthur instead, causing them to trap him in a car. It was then sent to a scrapyard where the car was crushed. Vincent hurried and soon arrived, but it was too late since Arthur was already dead. This made the audience start to see the true villainess within Claudette.

Over the course of early 2016, Gavin reappeared in Walford and reacquainted himself with Claudette before proceeding to blackmail her once again. On Mother's Day, she tried to pay him off by having sex, but Gavin said it "wouldn't be enough" and was going to tell Vincent the truth about his father's murder. Claudette grabbed a candelabra and used it to strike Gavin over the head. Although he survived, Vincent saw through Claudette and she revealed she actually was the one who murdered Henry. Vincent strangled her in the basement of their house, but Claudette's lover Patrick came down and stopped him. When Patrick was told that Claudette had killed Henry and Arthur, he walked up the stairs and began to call the police. Claudette tried to snatch the phone off him, resulting in Patrick pushing her down the stairs, hitting her head on a brick below.

Afterwards, Vincent tempted to bury her and he did so. It was unveiled that Claudette was alive and had dug herself out, and she planned revenge on Vincent and Patrick before later abandoning it and making it up with them at some point.

It is then Claudette turns out to have a heroic standard when she learns that local couple Les and Pam Coker are being tormented by barlady Babe Smith, who is extorting money from them in exchange for buying Les' silence on his dark past. Claudette decides to protect the Cokers and ends up saving them from Babe by exposing her torment to her family, "The Carters"; Bebe is subsequently forced to repay what she extorted from the Cokers, which leaves her angry whereas Claudette delights in stopping her.

Eventually, Claudette leaves the square after Halloween 2016 and is not seen again since then - despite Vincent mentioning her name on several occasions in 2017 and 2018 respectively prior to his own departure from the square.

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Trivia

  • She is one of the deadliest female antagonists in EastEnders along with Cindy Beale and Janine Butcher.
  • She, Chrissie Watts, Janine Butcher are the only female villains in EastEnders to kill their husbands.
  • Despite being a major antagonist to start with, her villainy was toned down in 2016 and she even redeemed herself when clashing with fellow villainess Babe Smith for tormenting the Cokers.
  • She made a total of 108 appearences during her time on the show.

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