EastEnders’ actress Patsy Palmer quits show after 21 years

The actress first appeared as Bianca on the BBC soap in 1993

EastEnders‘ actress Patsy Palmer has quit the soap.

The actress, who had played the role of Bianca on and off since 1993, will be leaving the show this autumn. Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins has confirmed that her character will not be killed off, so she will be able to return to the show if she wants.

He commented: “We are so sad that Patsy has decided to leave us but completely understand it’s the right time for her. Bianca won’t be leaving Albert Square until the autumn so there’s still a lot more to come from her on screen this year – and the door will be left wide open for her return. We won’t be getting rid of Bianca’s puffa jacket just yet.”

The actress first left the show in 1999, returning in 2002 and again in 2008. Digital Spy reports that the 41-year-old will be moving to Los Angeles with her family after she finishes filming the show.