Patsy Palmer shares proud photo alongside her family at daughter Emilia’s graduation in Malibu

Patsy Palmer moved to California in 2014 with her husband and children after quitting BBC soap EastEnders.

After making a new life for her family in America, the 47 year old celebrated her 17 year old daughter Emilia Merkell’s graduation from Malibu High School this week.

Sharing proud photos on Instagram, the talented actress posed alongside her family during the celebration.

In one image, Patsy can be standing with her husband Richard Merkell, 54 and their sons Fenton, 18, and Bertie, 8 – with Emilia in the middle.

While in another, she shared a candid snap of her family walking.

Alongside the image, she wrote: “This is US 2019 … so proud of @emiliamerkell,” with a number of love hearts.

The former soap star also posted a number of videos throughout the day on her Instagram Stories.

Patsy shot to fame on EastEnders in 1993, and was most famous on the show for her romance with Ricky Butcher – with fans left devastated when she exited the BBC show for good around four years ago.


Life has dramatically changed for the Bethnal Green born actress, who now lives in LA with her husband, Richard Merkell, and her four children.

If that wasn’t enough, the star has also had an enormous career change, and is now the founder & president of Commonwealth Lifestyle Foundation.

And sadly for fans, Patsy recently confessed she was not missing her acting career during a chat with Lorraine Kelly on the Lorraine show.



"It was a little bit strange getting used to the idea you're not 'on show' everywhere you walk about," she exclaimed.

"You don't have to be ready to speak to someone about EastEnders. You can go out and just completely be yourself, it's kind of weird"

Patsy concluded: "It is something you probably need therapy for, though I haven't gone down that route since I've been here but everyone does.'"

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