EastEnders has officially confirmed reports that Bianca Jackson, played by soap legend Patsy Palmer, is coming back.
In a tweet on the official EastEnders twitter page, the soap declared: “Look out Walford, Bianca Jackson is on her way home! The Square is about to get a whole lot louder.”
Bianca, who first arrived as part of the Jackson family way back in 1993, will be reunited with her daughter Tiffany (played by Masie Smith).
Teasing her return, EastEnders said: “Confident, brash and one of the Square’s loudest and most memorable characters, a trail of chaos is never far behind Bianca but just what brings her back to Walford?”
Jon Sen, Executive Producer said: “When I joined the show in January, bringing Bianca Jackson back to the Square was high on my wish-list. 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.”
Bianca got married to Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) – who she’d famously scold with her catchphrase “Rickaaay” – in 1997, but the pair split in 1999 when it was revealed that she was sleeping with her mum’s fiancé, Dan Sullivan, and she left the Square.
Bianca, who briefly popped up in 2002, returned to the Square in 2008 and, before leaving again in 2014 for Milton Keynes, she had to cope with the death of her brother, Billie, her mum’s cancer diagnosis and the grooming of Whitney by her then partner Tony.
EastEnders promise that her return this autumn will “cause a stir”. They added that Patsy, 46, who will begin filming soon, will be back for just a “short stint”
EastEnders continues on BBC1.