Patsy Palmer was born and grew up in Bethnal Green, East London. She attended Globe Primary School and then Haggerston Girls Secondary School.
Who is Patsy Palmer?
Patsy Palmer was born Julie Anne Merkell. She is an English actress and DJ, known for her roles as Natasha in the children’s drama series Grange Hill (1985–1987), and Bianca Jackson in the BBC soap opera EastEnders (1993–1999, 2008–2014, 2019).
Patsy Palmer biography
After finishing up at Haggerston Girls Secondary School, she attended Globe Primary School. Her mother Pat raised her as well as her two older brothers, Harry and Albert.
Georgia and Berty, two of her half-siblings, are likewise named. Her mother was the one who initially saw her acting potential and pushed her to enroll in London’s Anna Scher Acting School. Palmer claims that acting was a way for her to escape the bullying she experienced in school.
She performed in a West End play of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when she was six years old.
Patsy Palmer career
Palmer changed her given name to her mother’s pet name, Patsy, after enrolling at the Anna Scher Theatre Academy and realizing that an accomplished actress already went by the name Julie Harris. Palmer then adopted her current name by utilizing her mother’s maiden name. In 1984, Palmer made her television debut in the show The Gentle Touch. Between 1985 and 1987, Palmer joined a large number of other EastEnders stars in guest roles on the children’s drama Grange Hill. She later acted in supporting roles in several BBC productions, including Tricky Business (1989), Making News (1990), Clarissa (1991), Love Hurts (1992), Drop the Dead Donkey (1993), and The Bill (1993). She also portrayed an acne-prone adolescent in ad campaigns for Clearasil.
Patsy Palmer husband
Palmer is married Richard Merkell. For 10 years, starting in 2004, she lived with her husband and children in Western Terrace and then in Kemptown, Brighton, England.