EastEnders’ Patsy Palmer, 51, is seen on-set for FIRST TIME ahead of Bianca Jackson comeback following five years off screens (and 31 YEARS after her soap debut!)

EastEnders’ Patsy Palmer has been spotted on set for the first time ahead of her brief return to screens as Bianca Jackson in the BBC soap.

The TV legend, 51, was filmed alongside her on-screen daughter Shona McGarty, James Farrar and Natalie Cassidy next to a police car in a move which will no doubt delight long-time fans of the show.

Her character Bianca first appeared on screen in 1993 before Patsy quit in 1999 to spend more time with her family. She returned to screens in 2002 for a special and made further returns in 2009 and 2019, before her upcoming comeback.

For the scenes, she was seen wearing a padded leather jacket in an aubergine shade while wearing a bold sweater underneath.

Patsy, who is known for her flaming red hair, shaved off her famous locks and showed off two lighter highlights as she added large gold hoop earrings.

EastEnders' Patsy Palmer has been spotted on set for the first time ahead of her brief return to screens as Bianca Jackson in the BBC soap

EastEnders’ Patsy Palmer has been spotted on set for the first time ahead of her brief return to screens as Bianca Jackson in the BBC soap

The TV legend, 51, was filmed alongside her on-screen daughter Shona McGarty, James Farrar and Natalie Cassidy next to a police car in a move which will no doubt delight long-time fans of the show.

The TV legend, 51, was filmed alongside her on-screen daughter Shona McGarty, James Farrar and Natalie Cassidy next to a police car in a move which will no doubt delight long-time fans of the show.

Patsy, who is known for her flaming red hair, shaved off her famous locks and showed off two lighter highlights as she added large gold hoop earrings

Patsy, who is known for her flaming red hair, shaved off her famous locks and showed off two lighter highlights as she added large gold hoop earrings

Shona was seen on screen with her mother as they shot in front of a police car

Shona was seen on screen with her mother as they shot in front of a police car

She showed off her trademark red locks with streaks of white on either side

She showed off her trademark red locks with streaks of white on either side

Her character Bianca first appeared on screen in 1993 before Patsy quit in 1999 to spend more time with her family.  She returned to screens in 2002 for a special and made further returns in 2009 and 2019, before her upcoming comeback

Her character Bianca first appeared on screen in 1993 before Patsy quit in 1999 to spend more time with her family. She returned to screens in 2002 for a special and made further returns in 2009 and 2019, before her upcoming comeback

Earlier this week, James, 36, took to Instagram to share a video of himself, Patsy and daughter Shona happily singing Whitney Houston’s It’s Not Right But It’s OK.

James wrote his post: ‘Since returning from Nepal I leave home for BBC Elstree at 5am and return at 8.30pm.

“The impending long days and other challenges in 2024 were part of the reason we decided to embark on a trek…

He continued: ‘I knew filming was going to be busy from January, so the adventure was a conscious decision to gain perspective before a few tough months on set.

’12 hour hikes and the cold nights on the mountain helped prepare me to shoot in the snow in a t-shirt last Tuesday (it’s March in story) – @aaronthiara_ you nailed it dude.

‘You’re in for a treat… @patsypalmerofficial is back on set and what a joy she is to have around on these long days. Tish (EastEnders’ Letitia Dean) told me Pats and I would get on. Full of life, and gratitude. And absolutely electric as Bianca.’

The actor concluded: ‘There was no disappointment in my training in January. That 5am start is so I can work out before I go on set. I must be sick another day in any work; never had a sick day from school.

Natalie is another soap icon who joined EastEnders in the same years as Patsy

Natalie is another soap icon who joined EastEnders in the same years as Patsy

For the scenes, she was seen wearing a padded leather jacket in an aubergine shade while wearing a bold sweater underneath.

For the scenes, she was seen wearing a padded leather jacket in an aubergine shade while wearing a bold sweater underneath.

Fellow soap legend Natalie Cassidy was also in attendance

Fellow soap legend Natalie Cassidy was also in attendance

Bianca was last seen in Walford in September 2019 when she attended the ill-fated wedding of stepdaughter Whitney Dean (Shona) to Callum Highway (Tony Clay), who was gay.

Bianca was last seen in Walford in September 2019 when she attended the ill-fated wedding of stepdaughter Whitney Dean (Shona) to Callum Highway (Tony Clay), who was gay.

EastEnders' Patsy Palmer has reunited with the cast of the soap after announcing she would return for a 'short time'

EastEnders’ Patsy Palmer has reunited with the cast of the soap after announcing she would return for a ‘short time’

James Ferrar took to Instagram on Thursday to share a video of himself, Patsy and Shona joyfully singing Whitney Houston's It's Not Right But It's OK, all in full costume

James Ferrar took to Instagram on Thursday to share a video of himself, Patsy and Shona joyfully singing Whitney Houston’s It’s Not Right But It’s OK, all in full costume

‘I put it down to my training and nutrition, staying focused, journaling and setting micro-goals. As well as surrounding myself with the right energy. Moving my body is essential to my mindset… but so are my people.’

Announcing her return to the soap earlier this month, Patsy wrote: ‘I’m so excited to play the role of Bianca. EastEnders has such a special place in my heart, so it’s always a pleasure to be back.’

Bianca was last seen in Walford in September 2019 when she attended the ill-fated wedding of her stepdaughter Whitney Dean (Shona).

Whitney married Callum Highway (Tony Clay), unaware of his relationship with Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden).

She was wrapped up warm in a pair of snow boots for the scenes

She was wrapped up warm in a pair of snow boots for the scenes

The group was engrossed in deep conversation

The group was engrossed in deep conversation

James has not revealed whether he is leaving the soap with Shona.  The two play Zack Hudson and Whitney Dean respectively

James has not revealed whether he is leaving the soap with Shona. The two play Zack Hudson and Whitney Dean respectively