Patsy Palmer to return to EastEnders as Bianca

She is perhaps most famous for yelling “Rickaaaaay!” to her on-again, off-again partner on EastEnders.

But more than 30 years after Patsy Palmer was cast as feisty Bianca Jackson in the BBC One soap, she is set to reprise the role for a brief stint this spring.

The actress, 51, said she was “very excited” to return after an absence of more than four years.

She has already started filming her scenes, the BBC said.


“EastEnders holds such a special place in my heart,” Palmer said. “That’s why it’s always a pleasure to come back.”

Palmer was 21 when she first joined the soap in 1993 as 16-year-old Bianca, the acerbic daughter of Carol Jackson, played by Lindsey Coulson.

Bianca, like many of the residents of Albert Square, has had her fair share of problems.

Her storylines included her tumultuous romantic relationship with Ricky Butcher, played by Sid Owen.

The couple became known for their sometimes comical arguments, with Bianca regularly shouting her name in the square.

They divorced on the show in 1999, but remarried when EastEnders turned 25 in 2010.

She also discovered that her teenage stepdaughter, Whitney Dean, played by Shona McGarty, was being abused and learned that David Wicks’ character was her father.

Bianca last appeared in Walford in September 2019, during a brief appearance before the pandemic hit.

In upcoming episodes, Whitney will visit her in Milton Keynes, where she now lives, following her off-screen breakup with Terry Spraggan, played by Terry Alderton.

“But it’s not long before chaos ensues,” the BBC continued.

Chris Clenshaw, executive producer of EastEnders, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the fabulous Patsy to the iconic role of Bianca Jackson.”

He said that despite being absent from the show for over four years, “Bianca remains a fan favorite.”

“We know our audiences will be thrilled with her return as she delves into the heart of the drama alongside her stepdaughter Whitney.”

Palmer, who is also a DJ, moved with her family to the US in 2014 after she finished a previous season on EastEnders.

She took part in BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2005. Last year, she took part in ITV1’s Dancing On Ice.