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    Patsy Palmer holds hands with husband Richard Merkell on 21st wedding anniversary

    Patsy Palmer, 49, tenderly holds hands with husband Richard Merkell, 56, as the couple ring in their 21st wedding anniversary in Malibu

    Patsy Palmer and husband Richard Merkell looked loved-up on Monday as they celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary in Malibu, California.

    The former EastEnders actress, 49, and Richard, 56, sweetly held hands as they strolled together at a dog park on their special day.

    Patsy nailed the casual look in a black dress and red sandals for the walk, with her flame red tresses left in soft waves.

    Happy couple: Patsy Palmer and husband Richard Merkell looked loved-up on Monday as they celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary in Malibu, California

    She showcased her radiant complexion by going make-up free.

    Richard wore a navy tee and striped shorts, teamed with flip-flops for the walk. 

    Patsy also posted a snap of Richard kissing her on the cheek captioned: ’21 years married today.’

    This comes after Patsy stripped down to a bikini to emulate Jennifer Lopez’s stunning 52nd birthday swimsuit snap.

    Smitten: The former EastEnders actress, 49, and Richard, 56, sweetly held hands as they strolled together at a dog park on their special day

    Smitten: The former EastEnders actress, 49, and Richard, 56, sweetly held hands as they strolled together at a dog park on their special day

    Glow: Patsy nailed the casual look in a black dress and red sandals for the walk, with her flame red tresses left in soft waves

    Glow: Patsy nailed the casual look in a black dress and red sandals for the walk, with her flame red tresses left in soft waves

    Revealing that she was feeling good within herself and that she’d been working on her selfcare routine, the actress glowed as she shared a slew of sizzling pictures. 

     Patsy put her incredible figure on display in a black bandeau bikini top that she paired with purple tie-side briefs.  

    Layering up, the mother-of-four donned a floral tasseled shawl, while a pair of stone wedges boosted her frame.

    Mimicking Jennifer’s striking pose, she completed the look with a beige trilby hat and a pair of oversized shades.   

    Patsy captioned the images: ‘Embrace your inner @jlo we all need inspiration, enjoy every age . I’ll be 50 next year and feel so good inside it can only translate outside . 

    ‘I honestly don’t work out enough as you can see but i play tennis sporadically And yoga not as often as I should but try to keep that as regular as a normal busy person can . 

    Cute: Patsy also posted a snap of Richard kissing her on the cheek captioned: '21 years married today'

    Cute: Patsy also posted a snap of Richard kissing her on the cheek captioned: ’21 years married today’

    'Embrace your inner J Lo!' This comes after Patsy stripped down to a bikini to emulate Jennifer Lopez's stunning 52nd birthday swimsuit snap

    ‘Embrace your inner J Lo!’ This comes after Patsy stripped down to a bikini to emulate Jennifer Lopez’s stunning 52nd birthday swimsuit snap

    ‘My official photographer is over the moon with his wifey @richardmerkell . The best bit is his wifey couldn’t be happier with her selfcare routines . 

    ‘Be happy , have fun , eat healthy , drink water , dance often , sing often , love always, don’t be a saint and leave others lives to them . Create your own experiences. [sic]’.  

    Patsy soared to fame with her role as Bianca Jackson in EastEnders from 1993 to 1999 and returned for six years in 2008.  

    She then left the UK and moved to Malibu in 2014 with her husband Richard and their children. 

    Tanned and toned: Jennifer Lopez delighted fans when she marked her 52nd birthday with a slew of sexy bikini snaps over the weekend

    Tanned and toned: Jennifer Lopez delighted fans when she marked her 52nd birthday with a slew of sexy bikini snaps over the weekend

    Radiant: Revealing that she was feeling good within herself and that she'd been working on her selfcare routine, the 49-year-old actress glowed as she shared a slew of sizzling pictures

    Wow: Jennifer shared a slew of sexy snaps over the weekend

    Radiant: Revealing that she was feeling good within herself and that she’d been working on her selfcare routine, the actress glowed as she shared a slew of sizzling pictures

    The couple are parents to Fenton, 20, Emilia, 19 and Bertie, 10, while Patsy shares son Charley, 29, with ex Alfie Rothwell. 

     The actress, who has been teetotal since 2004, now works as a DJ and wellness guru after her own highly publicised battle with addiction.  

    Off-screen during her soap days Patsy was struggling with a party hard lifestyle where she would binge on alcohol, cocaine and ecstasy.

    The TV star has previously admitted to trying alcohol at eight, sniffing solvents at 11 and even snorting cocaine at just 13. 

    From Walford to Malibu: Patsy Palmers’s journey from soap star to wellness guru 

    Patsy Palmer – whose real name is Julie Merkell – first rose to prominence in 1993 as Bianca Jackson in BBC soap EastEnders.

    When she joined the cast of EastEnders, Patsy was a single mother living with her son Charley, now 29, from her relationship with with boxer Alfie Rothwell.

    During her time acting on the show, Patsy was briefly married to filmmaker Nick Love in 1998. 

    The soap star appeared as her character between 1993–1999, before turning in 2008 until 2014, and again in 2019.

    She was set to return once again the following year, however the pandemic halted plans for her to reprise her role as Bianca.

    Patsy first appeared on TV in The Gentle Touch in 1984 and then in 1985, when she played Natasha in the children’s drama series, Grange Hill, until 1987.

    The TV star, who was born and grew up in Bethnal Green, East London, has previously spoken candidly about her troubled childhood.

    She has previously admitted to trying alcohol at eight, sniffing solvents at 11 and even snorting cocaine at just 13.

    It was Patsy’s mother who first spotted her acting talent and encouraged her to go to acting school in London. Patsy was bullied at school acting was a form of escape for her.

    When she joined the cast of EastEnders, Patsy was a single mother living with her son Charley (pictured)

    When she joined the cast of EastEnders, Patsy was a single mother living with her son Charley (pictured)

    During her first stint on EastEnders, Bianca’s on-screen marriage to Ricky Butcher [Sid Owen] in 1997 drew one of the biggest soap audiences ever, more than 22 million.

    Patsy returned the show for a two-hour special in 2002, where she was reunited with her on-screen beau Ricky in Manchester for the first time in two years.

    In 2005, she hit out at the soap and branded its storylines ‘ridiculous’ and ruled out a return to the show, before reprising her role again in 2008.

    Patsy’s autobiography was released in the UK on 5 April 2007. In the book, she described her ascent to fame, her struggle with addiction and how she battled to overcome her problems.

    The media personality credits some of her drug and drink recovery to husband Richard Merkell, who she married in 2000.

    She previously said: ‘He’s given me what I’ve always really wanted – a real family.’

    Not long after she married Richard, Patsy gave birth to their first child together, a boy named Fenton, on June 13, 2000.

    She quickly had her third child, and Richard’s second, on July 7, 2001 when they welcomed their daughter Emilia.

    In December 2010 the couple had another child, a son called Bertie. 

    Patsy's autobiography was released in the UK on 5 April 2007

    Patsy’s autobiography was released in the UK on 5 April 2007

    For 10 years, starting in 2004, she lived with her husband and children in Western Terrace and then Kemptown, Brighton, England.

    In 2014 the family decided on a lifestyle change and moved their brood from Brighton to Malibu, where they still live now.

    As well as making some very A-list pals including Camille Grammer and Cindy Crawford since moving stateside, Patsy has also discovered wellness and meditation.

    Late last year, Patsy appeared to have swapped acting for a new passion, as she launched her new wellness page on Instagram, Good and Proper.

    Patsy, who appeared to have taken inspiration from lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow, encouraged her followers to ‘take time out’ on her new page.

    On Twitter, Patsy posted: ‘I’ve just launched a new page on Instagram to support my new journey.. join me @goodandproperhair.

    On her recovery, Patsy reflected ‘It feels so foreign now, I’m so far removed from it…’I couldn’t even do yoga when I was in my 20s because I couldn’t sit still. 

    ‘Right now is the happiest I’ve ever been. I’m always in the now and it’s the only place I want to be.’ 

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