Patsy Palmer Talks Dancing on Ice

Patsy Palmer wants to enjoy every second of her time on Dancing on Ice

The 50-year-old actress moved to America in 2014 wuth her husband Richard and share a Californian home.

Now a DJ and residing in the celeb packed city, the star said ahead of her first performance on the ice that skating was: “Much, much harder than it looks.”

Patsy is best known for having starred as Bianca Jackson on ‘EastEnders’ on a sporadic basis since the early 1990s – is currently taking part in the ITV skating competition alongside professional partner Matt Evers and explained that she wants to find the “courage” to enjoy the opportunity rather than letting it go by.

“I’m really trying to enjoy every second because as we know we do things over the years for work and they go by in a flash they’re amazing experiences but you’re never going to get them again and you spend so much time being nervous and petrified that you look on them and you think ‘I just wish I’d found the courage to enjoy that’ and that’s what I’m trying to do. It’s working a little bit. I love [Matt], we’re friends now and he is a beautiful human being.

The former ‘Masked Singer’ contestant went on to add that she wants to “keep trying” throughout her time on the show and reflected that she felt “really sad” that footballing legend John Fashanu became the first celebrity eliminated from the competition because he had “put so much” into skating before explaining that turning 50 was her inspiration to sign up to the show in the first place .

I want to just keep trying and trying. It is baby steps. There’s no point trying to push yourself to more than you can do. I feel sad that John went out because I wanted to see his journey. He had everything about him that wanted to improve. His age, he’s very big and that’s challenging. BUt he had put so much into this. You hope oyou can stay in long enough but there’s a lot of factors. One is that it’s very physical so it’s dangerous so anything can happen. You can get injuries. We’ve had a couple of spectacular falls!

“When I turned 50 last year, I was shocked. I woke up and was not sure it was right. I didn’t feel 50 and was like ‘I’m not having it!’, I’m just going to enjoy myself so I decided to do everything I can to enjoy myself. Everyone was saying do it. And I’m learning a lot about myself!”

Who is Patsy Palmer?

Age: 50

Job: Actor and DJ

Twitter: @patsypalmerx

Instagram: @patsypalmerofficial

Partnered with: Matt Evers

Patsy Palmer is an actor who has been working primarily on British television for decades.

She began her career on children’s drama series Grange Hill which ultimately paved the way for her major breakthrough role in BBC One’s EastEnders, where she played the role of Bianca Jackson.

Best known for her tumultuous relationship with fellow Albert Square resident Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen), Bianca became one of the most popular characters in the show’s history, appearing regularly between 1993 and 1999, and for a second stint between 2008 and 2014.

Palmer also performs as a DJ and, in 2020, was one of the mystery celebrities on The Masked Singer UK.

Patsy Palmer’s Dancing on Ice 2023 scores

Week one: Ride on Time by Black Box (5.0, 5.0, 5.5, 5.5) = 21

Patsy Palmer landed in 5th place with her first Dancing on Ice performance, picking up a score of 21 for her routine to Black Box’s Ride on Time.

Despite the low score, she managed to avoid the skate-off, with Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu going up against John Fashanu in Sunday’s show before the latter was eliminated.

What has Patsy said about joining Dancing on Ice 2023?

During an appearance on ITV’s This Morning to announce her involvement in Dancing on Ice 2023, Palmer discussed why she wanted to take part – having refused earlier offers from the show.

“Out of all the things that came through at that time, this was the one that I had to really think about,” she began. “Obviously I wanted to challenge myself, get back to work, get out of my comfort zone. I just thought, I’ll just go for it! It seems a lot of fun. I do like ice skating, although I’m not a figure skater.

“I’ve been absolutely terrified before, but I feel like the pact I made myself when I was 50, which I was this year, was I had to do things to challenge myself for the next couple of years and get out of my comfort zone. I don’t wanna get stuck in this thing of, ‘Ah, I’m 50!’ It’s such a weird age.”

Palmer added: “This is for all the 50-year-olds that think they can’t challenge themselves!”

Meanwhile, in an Instagram post, the former EastEnders star wrote: “ICE ICE BABY… Let the fun begin! Thank you to This Morning, as always… looking forward to seeing you soon.”

Dancing on Ice 2023 continues on ITV and ITVX on Sundays at 6:30pm.

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