Patsy Palmer was all smiles as she enjoyed a walk on the beach in Malibu with pals and posed for Instagram snaps on Monday ahead of her huge EastEnders return.
The TV legend, 51, looked stylish in an eye catching green cardigan which she teamed with a plain white T-shirt and blue ripped denim jeans.
Leaving her long waved auburn tresses loose, Patsy wrapped her arms around her two friends as they posed in front of the picturesque ocean while the sunset.
It comes as Patsy was spotted on-set for the first time ahead of her brief return to screens as Bianca Jackson in the BBC soap.
Her character Bianca first hit screens 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.
Patsy Palmer was all smiles as she enjoyed a walk on the beach in Malibu with pals and posed for Instagram snaps on Monday ahead of her huge EastEnders return
It comes as Patsy was spotted on-set for the first time ahead of her brief return to screens as Bianca Jackson in the BBC soap
Last week, Patsy was seen filming alongside her on-screen daughter Shona McGarty, James Farrar and Natalie Cassidy alongside a police car in a move that will no doubt delight long-time fans of the show.
During the evening scene, heavily pregnant Whitney (played by Shona McGarty), can be seen walking into trouble as she tries to look out for a young mysterious girl.
Bianca, Zack, and Sonia were also spotted trying to lend Whitney a helping hand.
However, things quickly spiral out of control when the four of them come across the young girl’s mother, who is also a drug addict, and a violent fight breaks out.
Tragedy then quickly struck after heavily pregnant Whitney suddenly gets hit by a car, sparking speculation that the star could be about to have a heartbreaking end to her time on the show.
During the devastating scene, Zack and Sonia can be seen looking on in utter shock as they witness Whitney being run over and the scene ends on a dramatic cliffhanger.
However, fans will have to wait and see whether this tragic accident will be linked to her exit.
Patsy announced her return to the soap earlier in the month, writing: ‘I’m so excited to be reprising the role of Bianca. EastEnders holds such a special place in my heart, so it’s always a pleasure to be back.’
The TV legend, 51, looked stylish in an eye catching green cardigan as she wrapped her arms around two friends while posing in front of the picturesque ocean as the sunset
It comes after Shona McGarty, 31, revealed last year that she would be quitting the soap after portraying Whitney for 15 years, after joining at the age of 16 in 2008.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday about her decision to leave Albert Square, Shona said: ‘I have decided to spread my wings and will be leaving EastEnders. I have loved my years in the show.’
A source told the publication that it ‘wasn’t an easy decision’ but that Shona feels now is the right time to ‘try something new.’
They added: ‘She is hoping the door will be left open for her character to return one day, but nothing is guaranteed and it is all in the hands of the scriptwriters.’
As the adopted daughter of the infamous Bianca (played by Patsy), Whitney was part of several hard-hitting storylines.
In 2008 Whitney was groomed and abused by her onscreen mum’s partner and in 2020 she killed deranged Leo King for the soap’s 35th anniversary.
It is thought Shona will pursue a singing career, something she hasn’t shied away from.
The source told The Sun: ‘As well as acting, Shona loves singing and has a real musical talent, so that is one of the options available.’
The star narrowly missed out on winning the Best Leading Performer at last year’s British Soap Awards, but EastEnders bagged the big prize – Best British Soap.
It comes after Bianca’s adopted daughter Whitney is set to leave the soap as actress Shona McGarty, 31, revealed she would be quitting after joining the soap at the age of 16 in 2008