Patsy Palmer enjoys bike ride date with husband ahead of EastEnders return

Patsy Palmer enjoyed a Malibu bike ride with husband Richard Merkell as she prepares to return to Albert Square.

The actress, 46, drank a smoothie and chatted to locals before she and Richard cycled home on their beach-cruisers.

Patsy is returning to EastEnders as Bianca Jackson for the first time since 2014.

Patsy joined the cast in 1993 and rose to fame through her character's roller coaster relationship with Ricky Butcher, played by Sid Owen.

She left EastEnders to spend more time with her family and to focus on other projects in 1999.

The actress made a brief return for a two-hour special in Manchester, called EastEnders: Ricky and Bianca, back in 2002.

Patsy made a full-time comeback in 2008 despite publicly criticising the soap and stating she would never return.

  • EastEnders airs on BBC One on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm

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