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EastEnders bringing back Patsy Palmer as Bianca Jackson

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 22/05/2019 Justin Harp
Patsy Palmer standing in front of a window: EastEnders is bringing back Patsy Palmer as legendary character Bianca Jackson nearly five years after she last left The Square. © BBC EastEnders is bringing back Patsy Palmer as legendary character Bianca Jackson nearly five years after she last left The Square.

EastEnders is bringing back iconic character Bianca Jackson later this year.

Patsy Palmer will be reprising her role as Bianca for the first time in five years for a reunion with her on-screen daughter Tiffany Butcher (Maisie Smith), reports The Sun.

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"I’m thrilled Patsy’s agreed to return to reprise her iconic creation in a blistering storyline that will grip fans this autumn," executive producer Jon Sen said.

Digital Spy understands that Patsy is returning for a short stint and more details will be revealed in due course.

Palmer originally joined the cast of EastEnders back in 1993 for her first of several stints in Walford. Along the way, the character became iconic for her volatile relationship with Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen).

Sid Owen et al. sitting at a table: Sid Owen, Patsy Palmer, Ricky Butcher, Bianca Jackson, Eastenders © BBC Sid Owen, Patsy Palmer, Ricky Butcher, Bianca Jackson, Eastenders Bianca was also central to one of the BBC's most famous issue-based stories, when her boyfriend Tony King (Chris Coghill) groomed her ward Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty).

Whitney has recently been a source of support for Tiffany when the teen was groomed by drugs dealer Evie Steele (Sophia Capasso). Tiffany had turned to Evie after feeling unloved by mum Bianca, who'd shipped her off to Walford from Milton Keynes.

Patsy Palmer was last seen on-screen in EastEnders in the autumn of 2014, having since moved with her family to Los Angeles, where she pursued a new career as a DJ.

Patsy Palmer smiling for the camera: Patsy Palmer on Celebrity Juice © ITV Patsy Palmer on Celebrity Juice A return to the soap had previously seemed unlikely since the actress had been quoted in 2017 as saying that she didn't "miss" the role of Bianca.

"I love all my friends there. I was always very grateful to be there," she added.

EastEnders continues on Thursday (May 23) at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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