EastEnders actress expecting baby
EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer is pregnant, the BBC has said.
Palmer, who already has three children, first appeared as Bianca Jackson in the BBC1 soap opera in 1993. She returned in 2008 to reprise the role after nearly a decade away.
The actress rekindled her popular on-screen relationship with actor Sid Owen, who plays Ricky Butcher, and their characters remarried this year.
In real life she is married to Richard Merkell.
A BBC spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that Patsy is pregnant and she is delighted."