EastEnders is set to welcome back yet another familiar face as Bianca Butcher (Patsy Palmer) returns to Walford.
The character, much beloved for her puffa jacket and her relationship with Ricky (Sid Owen), was a stalwart of the Square in the 1990s, and has popped back to the show since then.
However she’s returning once again for a limited stint later this year – and although bosses are keeping quiet about what will bring her back to Walford, they’ve hinted that it will be ‘blistering’.
So when is Bianca back? Here’s what you need to know…
When is Bianca Butcher returning to EastEnders?
Bianca is set to return to EastEnders in the autumn, with Patsy Palmer yet to begin filming her scenes.
Show boss Jon Sen has promised us major scenes involving the character – adding that it was high up on his priority list to get Bianca back in town.
‘When I joined the show in January, bringing Bianca Jackson back to the Square was high on my wish-list,’ he said.
‘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.’
How many times has Patsy Palmer returned to the show?
Patsy first appeared in the soap in 1993 as the Jackson family made their debut in Albert Square – with her marriage to Ricky Butcher in 1997 pulling in over 22m viewers – one of the biggest soap audiences ever.
The actress left the soap in 1999 to spend more time with her family and focus on other projects, before returning to Bianca in a special, EastEnders: Ricky and Bianca, in 2002.
Palmer returned to the soap full-time in April 2008, spending six years in the cast before leaving again in 2014.
More recently the actress has been living in Malibu, California, and working as a DJ in the US.
EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays on BBC One at 8pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.
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