EastEnders' Patsy Palmer expecting another child

Patsy Palmer Palmer already has two children with her taxi driver husband

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EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer is expecting her fourth child, the BBC has confirmed.

The 38-year-old - who returned to Albert Square in 2008 after a nine-year absence - is said to be "delighted".

Palmer already has two children with husband Richard Merkell and another son from a previous relationship.

The London-born actress made her debut as Bianca Jackson in 1993. Earlier this year her character was seen remarrying her former husband Ricky Butcher.

Born Julie Anne Harris in 1972, Palmer studied at the Anna Scher Theatre School and appeared in Grange Hill and The Bill prior to EastEnders.

During her EastEnders hiatus she appeared in detective series McCready and Daughter and competed in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing.

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