Popular EastEnders star Patsy Palmer is returning to the BBC soap opera after a four-year absence from the show.
The 51-year-old actress, who played the fiery Bianca Jackson, will return to Albert Square for a brief stint after exiting the programme.
Palmer, who is currently filming scenes for the soap, said: “I’m so excited to be reprising the role of Bianca.
“EastEnders holds such a special place in my heart, so it’s always a pleasure to be back.”
EastEnders’ Patsy Palmer to return to BBC soap as Bianca Jackson
When Patsy Palmer, star of Strictly Come Dancing, was last seen in Walford, she was there for Whitney Dean’s (Shona McGarty) tragic wedding to Callum Highway (Tony Clay).
After her off-screen breakup with Terry Spraggan (Terry Alderton), Whitney and her partner Zack Hudson (James Farrar) will pay her a visit in the next episode.
In “a special episode focusing on Whitney and the drama she faces in Milton Keynes,” where Bianca now resides, the BBC hinted that the character may make a reappearance.
Executive producer Chris Clenshaw of EastEnders stated: “I’m ecstatic to welcome the fabulous Patsy back to the iconic role of Bianca Jackson.”
Even though Bianca was last seen on film in 2019, the character is still a favorite among fans.
“We know our audiences will be thrilled at her return as she is thrust into the heart of the drama alongside step-daughter Whitney.”
Bianca arrived in Albert Square in 1993 as the daughter of Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson).
She is best known for her tumultuous romantic relationship with Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen).
Beyond EastEnders, Palmer has been DJing since 2012 and previously competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2005.
She was partnered with professional Anton Du Beke (now judge) and also featured on ITV’s Dancing on Ice which saw her couple up with skater Matt Evers.
Patsy Palmer will return to EastEnders in the spring of 2024.