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PATSY PIVOT: EastEnders legend Patsy Palmer takes on Dancing on Ice

PATSY Palmer is joining Dancing on Ice.

The 50-year-old former soap star has been announced as the first contestant for the upcoming series, and Patsy is already looking forward to the challenge.

The actress – who is best known for playing Bianca Jackson in EastEnders – told This Morning: “Out of all the things that came through at that time, this was the one that I had to really think about.”

Obviously, I wanted to challenge myself, get back to work and get out of my comfort zone. And I just thought I’ll just go for it – it seems like a lot of fun.

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“I do like ice skating, but I’m not an ice skater.”

Patsy has previously rejected the chance to compete on the show. But this time, the actress decided to accept the challenge after making a “pact” with herself when she turned 50 in May.

She shared: “I’ve been absolutely terrified before. But I feel like the pact I made with myself when I was 50 was I have to do things that challenge myself over the next couple of years and get out of my comfort zone.

“I don’t want to get stuck in this thing of like, ‘Ahhh, I’m 50!’ It’s such a weird age, so this is for all the 50 year olds out there.”


Patsy has lived in Los Angeles for the last few years, and she’ll actually train for the show in California.

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The actress said: “I’m am going to come back, but I’ll be training in Los Angeles. I feel really blessed about that.

“That was another reason why it worked out this time. You know, they said there’s a rink in Los Angeles, so I can train here – which is going to be fantastic.”

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