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.