Who is Patsy Palmer and what is she doing now? – The Sun | The Sun
3rd October 2022

PATSY Palmer shot to fame as the feisty Bianca in EastEnders.

But the much-loved telly star is now setting her sights on a bigger challenge after signing up to Dancing On Ice.

What is Patsy Palmer doing now?

Patsy lives in Malibu after moving to the US in 2014.

In 2020 she rebranded herself as a lifestyle guru and launched her own wellness Instagram page Good and Proper.

Patsy also works as a DJ in America, and in England too.

In October 2022 it was announced that Patsy would be taking part in Dancing On Ice 2023.

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Speaking on This Morning about talking part in DOI, Patsy said: “I wanted to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone.

"I thought I'd just go for it"

Who is Patsy Palmer?

Patsy was born Julie Anne Harris on May 26, 1972, in Bethnal Green, London and is an English actress and DJ.

Her mother first spotted her acting talent and encouraged her to go to Anna Scher's famous acting school in London.

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Upon enrolling at the school, and learning about an actress already with the name Julie Harris, Patsy adopted her current name by borrowing her mother's maiden name and changing her one to a nickname of her mother's first name, Pat.

Patsy made her screen debut in the television programme The Gentle Touch in 1984.

Like many other EastEnders stars, Patsy appeared on Grange Hill in 1986 and 1987.

She went on to have small roles in BBC's Tricky Business (1989), Making News (1990), Clarissa (1991), Love Hurts (1992), Drop The Dead Donkey (1993), and The Bill (1993).

Is Patsy Palmer still in EastEnders?

In 1993 Patsy was cast in the role of feisty Bianca Jackson in EastEnders.

Bianca's on-off romance with Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) captivated millions of fans and their on-screen marriage in 1997 drew one of the biggest soap audiences ever – it also coined the phrase “Rickaaay”.

She remained in the role for six years, but quit in 1999 to spend more time with her family and to concentrate on other projects.

In May 2002 she reprised the role in a special spin-off entitled, EastEnders: Ricky And Bianca.

In 2005, Patsy publicly criticised EastEnders, branding the storylines ridiculous and unbelievable and stating that she "wouldn't go back”.

However, in October 2007 the BBC announced that Patsy would be returning to the soap as a full-time character; she made her comeback on-screen in April 2008.

But in 2014 it was announced that the actress was leaving the show again – she returned briefly in 2019.

Patsy hasn't been back on Albert Square since then.

What other TV work has Patsy Palmer done?

After quitting EastEnders the first time, Patsy worked on the debut series of OK TV with Fiona Phillips in 1999.

That same year Patsy made a cameo appearance as herself in an episode of Kathy Burke's sitcom, Gimme Gimme Gimme, which made light of her role as Bianca Jackson.

In 2001 she starred in a Sky 1 mini-series Do Or Die.

Patsy has also released numerous work-out DVDs.

In 2005 she was partnered up with Anton Du Beke on Strictly Come Dancing.

Patsy has also had a stage career and starred in the one-woman musical Tell Me On A Sunday.

She had a leading role in a UK tour of the musical Steppin' Out and appeared in the original West End run of Mum's The Word.

In 2020 she took part in The Masked Singer as Butterfly and also Celebrity Bake Off.

What is Patsy Palmer's net worth?

Patsy has amassed quite a fortune since her rise to fame.

Her net worth is around £10M.

This is down to her acting work and her endorsements.

Is Patsy Palmer married and does she have children?

Patsy has been married twice.

The actress has been married to Richard Merkell since 2000.

She was previously married to screen writer Nick Love from 1998-2000.

She has four children – Charley (born 1992), Fenton (born 2000), Emilia (born 2001), and Bertie (born 2010).

When the family moved to Malibu, Charley stayed in England to become an actor.

Charley is the son of boxer Alfie Rothwell.

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