EastEnders star Patsy Palmer returning to play Bianca Jackson ahead of 'blistering storyline'

'EastEnders' legend Patsy Palmer will reprise her role as Bianca Jackson for a 'blistering' storyline this autumn

After a five-year break from playing Bianca Jackson on EastEnders, Patsy Palmer is set to reprise her role as the well-loved character as part of a 'blistering storyline' this autumn.

According to The Sun, Bianca will reunite with her daughter Tiffany, played by Maisie Smith, whose recent storylines involve drug-dealing and a "love triangle".

"Bosses are delighted to be getting Patsy back," a source close to the actor reportedly told the publication. "She's a real Enders icon and fans love seeing old faces return.

"She has yet to get her scripts but she will no doubt be at the centre of drama when she returns in the autumn. She starts filming in the next few weeks and can't wait to get going again."

Executive producer Jon Sen added that he was "thrilled" Palmer signed on for the third time since she first joined the cast back in 1993, as "bringing [her] back to the Square was high on [his wish-list] since getting involved in the long-running series back in January.

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The Duke of York attended a press launch at the Trocadero centre, London, with Eastenders actress Patsy Palmer to bring awareness for the NSPCC Full stop campaign to end cruelty to children.
EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer in London today (Weds), for a BBC Online photocall to launch its internet service. BBC Online, has launched a range of new web sites to enhance the diversity and range of BBC programmes such as EastEnders, to complement the substantial BBC News and Education Online sites. Photo by Fiona Hanson.
PA NEWS PHOTO 21/01/98 MARTINE MCCUTCHEON, NICOLA SMITH, NEIL MORRISSEY, PATSY PALMER AND MANDY SMITH AT A POST PREMIERE PARTY FOR THE RELEASE OF NEIL MORRISEY'S NEW FILM "UP 'N' UNDER" AT THE "SPORTS CAFE" IN LONDON
Patsy Palmer, who plays Bianca Butcher in BBC 1's Eastenders, kisses a policeman as she arrives for the annual BAFTA TV Awards at the Princess of Wales Theatre in London's Leicester Square.
Co Stars from BBC Soap Eastenders (L-R) Patsy Palmer, Roberta Taylor and Gillian Taylforth arrive for the BAFTA TV awards ceremony in Leicester Square.
Eastender Patsy Palmer, Sid Owen and Martine McCutcheon arrives for the TV Quick Awards at Grosvenor House in London.
Patsy Palmer (Bianca) and Sid Owen (Ricky) from Eastenders model "Read Me" T-shirts at the set of the soap's Queen Vic pub in Elstree, to announce that schools will be given a 1000 book token to celebrate the launch of the National year of reading. EDI Picture by Ben Curtis/PA.
Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett MP poses with Patsy Palmer (Bianca) and Sid Owen (Ricky) from Eastenders at the set of the soap's Queen Vic pub in Elstree, to announce that schools will be given a 1000 book token to celebrate the launch of the National Year of Reading. EDI Picture by Ben Curtis/PA.
EasterEnder's star Patsy Palmer and her husband Nick Love at the 1998 Celebrity Netball Sevens in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer's Wicked Women Campaign, at Crystal Palace in London today (Sunday). Photo by Peter Jordan.
PA NEWS 30/11/98 'EASTENDERS' ACTRESS PATSY PALMER (LEFT) AND 'CORONATION STREET' ACTRESS TRACY SHAW PRESENT CREATIONS FROM DESIGNER WILLIAM HUNT DURING A FASHION SHOW AT THE CRITERION THEATRE IN LONDON.
Actresses Patsy Palmer (left) and Helen Baxendale (right) join Postman Pat to launch the charity video 'Calling all Toddlers' in Covent Garden, London. Proceeds from sales of the video will go to the NSPCC's 24-hour Child Protection Helpline and NCH Action for Children.
EastEnders actors Sid Owen (Ricky Butcher) and Patsy Palmer (Bianca Butcher) arriving at the British Academy Television Awards at Grosvenor House in London.
Sid Owen and Patsy Palmer attend the UK film premiere of Wild Wild West, at the Odeon West End Cinema, Leicester Square, London.
Patsy Palmer and Martin Kemp with their awards for Best Female and Male TV Star at the Elle Style Awards, Home nightclub, London.
Former Eastenders actress and television presenter Patsy Palmer and her son Charlie (centre) arrive for the British film premiere of Toy Story 2 at the Warner Village Cinema in Finchley, London.
Current and former Eastenders cast members Sid Owen (left), Patsy Palmer, Martin Kemp with the soap's producer Matthew Robinson at the British Academy Television awards (BAFTA's) in London where they recieved the award for best soap.
Actress and Action Aid Ambassador Emma Thompson (right) and actress Patsy Palmer (left) join photographer Gideon Mendel during the 'Broken Landscape' private view at the OXO Tower in London. * The exhibition of photographs from photojournalist Gideon Mendel depict the plight of Africa and the AIDS crisis.
Former Eastenders stars Sid Owen (Ricky) and Patsy Palmer (Bianca) are all smiles on their first day back filming in Manchester, for the London based soap opera after both had left the show to pursue other interests.
Former EastEnders actresses Gillian Taylforth (left) and Patsy Palmer during the fourth annual British Soap awards at BBC Television Centre in London. The ceremony is hosted by Matthew Kelly.
Actress Patsy Palmer arrives for the UK premiere of Disney's new animation adventure Lilo & Stitch at the Odeon Leicester Square.
Model Jordan and actress Patsy Palmer during the Music Industry Soccer Six event in aid of the Princes Trust, at Upton Park London.
Actress Patsy Palmer gives members of Brighouse Town FC a lesson in how to wash their kit during the Ariel and Whirlpool promotion at The Headrow Shopping Precinct, Leeds.
Actresses Patsy Palmer (left) and Emma Darwell Smith during a photocall for Imogen Stubb's new play We Happy Few, held at the Gielgud Theatre, Shafesbury Avenue, central London.
Patsy Palmer (left) and Tamsin Outhwaite during the after party.
Patsy Palmer is seen opening the Pretty In Pink celebrity shopping bag exhibition in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness month, at Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock, Essex.
Sid Owen and Patsy Palmer arrive for the British Academy Television Awards at the London Palladium, W1.
Patsy Palmer, Barbara Windsor, Steve McFadden leaving the funeral of Wendy Richard at St. Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone Road in London.
Patsy Palmer and Shona McGarty arrive at the RTS Programe Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
EMBARGOED TO 0001 SATURDAY 18 APRIL. Chris Moyles and Patsy Palmer during the filming of the Chris Moyles Quiz Night show at the London Studios, in central London.
Patsy Palmer and her son attend the European premiere of 'The Ugly Truth' at the Vue in Leicester Square, London.
Actress Patsy Palmer during the recording of 'Justin Lee Collins: Good Times' at the Rivoli Ballroom, in Brockley, south east London.
Patsy Palmer attending the Amy Winehouse Foundation Tribute Ball at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Patsy Palmer attending the Global Gift Gala at the Waldorf Astoria, The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh.
Patsy Palmer arrives at The BAFTA TV Craft Awards held at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London.
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"I'm thrilled to announce that Patsy's agreed to return to reprise her iconic creation in a blistering storyline that will grip fans this autumn. There is no one more excited than me to see her step back into Albert Square again.

"I simply cannot wait," he concluded.

Having first portrayed the notoriously feisty character over two decades ago, Bianca has proved popular among soap fans. Her wedding to Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) is among EastEnders' most-watched episodes, pulling in 22 million viewers back in 1997.

Palmer, who has four children, quit back in 1999 to "spend more time with her family and pursue other projects."

She returned to the role for a special centred on Bianca and Ricky in 2002, before officially making a comeback in 2008. She left once again six years later.

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