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Patsy Palmer

Patsy Palmer is a red-haired British actress best-known for her 6-year role as the feisty Bianca Jackson in popular British television soap opera EastEnders. Having changed her name professionally to avoid a conflict with another actress in Equity, she made her first television appearance, like many other EastEnders actors, on the children's drama show Grange Hill in 1985.

She was brought up along with her two elder brothers, Albert and Harry, by her mother Pat and originally trained at the Anna Sher Theatre School in London (where many other EastEnders stars such as Sid Owen, Gillian Taylforth and Susan Tully also trained). Aged 6 she starred in a West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and by the age of 12 she had written her own play about prostitution and won an award at the London Festival of Plays.

Her notable roles since EastEnders have been as Clare in BBC detective series McCready And Daughter, and her one-woman musical Tell Me On A Sunday which toured the UK and played in London's West End.

Patsy's first marriage to film-writer and director Nick Love in 1998 lasted only 5 months, and she re-married in August 2000 to taxi driver Richard Merkell, with whom she has had two children, Fenton (born June 2000) and Emilia (born July 2001). She also has another son called Charlie (born 1992) from her previous relationship with boxer Alfie Rothwell.

She currently lives with her husband and three children in Chigwell, Essex, England.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Patsy Palmer Facts

Birth NameJulie Harris
BirthdayMay 26, 1972 (51)
BirthplaceBethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

A Kind of Loving
Laurel & Hardy: Their Purple Moment
Do or Die
Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Crash of the Moons
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme The Complete Second Series
EastEnders: Last Tango in Walford
An Audience With Freddie Starr
Gypsy Moon
EastEnders: Happy 15th Birthday
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