Patsy Palmer

The Independent (London, England), August 23, 1998 | Go to article overview
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Patsy Palmer


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Bianca-a-a-h-h. EastEnders resident, er, "sex-pot", the gor- blimey, ginger- nob Bianca Butcher is famously played by Patsy Palmer. Patsy also surprises us all with her sartorial posts at many a premiere and party, and tends to get herself into the kind of personal scrape that is of such interest to the tabloids. After a technical hitch that delayed her marriage, Patsy has managed to tie the knot in a "low-key" ceremony, flanked by five minders and complete with paparazzi. In London's East End of all places. Like her former co-stars, Danielle Westbrook and Leslie Grantham, Patsy consistently garners a disproportionate number of column inches. All this and much much more for simply whining "Rickeeeeeeeeee".

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Fergie under a sunbed. Be-ribboned and freckled fluffy dog. Marbella lovely with a weakness for the midday sun. Ginger Spice Patsy, 26, came to our attention as the nation's most virulently red- headed star since Cilla Black, when she arrived on The Square to play feisty young Bianca, a name not felicitously matched with a Cockney accent. Fans follow her shouting: "Bianca-a-a-h-h" (consonants swallowed, stress on the third syllable, you understand). Bianca is now as indispensable to life at the Vic, caff, market, etc. as Ange or Den were in the soap's depressive acme.

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