Patsy and Lyndsey take a break
More departures as Bianca and Carol depart later this month for six months.
Patsy Palmer has been given six months off from her four kids in Albert Square – to spend more time with her four kids in real life.
Her character, single mum Bianca Butcher, will bow out at the end of the month in some of the most heart-breaking scenes in the soap’s history. Bianca is so broke she is forced to steal food for her family and she takes cash from a loan shark who she cannot repay.
Lindsey Coulson, 51, who plays Bianca’s mum Carol Jackson, is also having an extended break from Walford over the summer.
A show insider said: “Bianca knows what she is doing is wrong but she acts in the best interests of her kids who mean the world to her.”
Her departure will be screened on April 27 and will include a ferocious showdown with Carol, who will take the grandchildren to live in the country before the family return at the end of the year.
The source said: “Bianca’s emotional struggle for survival will grip viewers over the next couple of weeks.
“The explosive argument with Carol is sure to break people’s hearts as they realise just how close to the edge she is.”
A spokeswoman for EastEnders said: “Patsy and Lindsey will be back on screen later this year.”