Patsy Palmer admits to arriving at 'Enders high on drugs
- Bang Showbiz
- 20 April 2011
'EastEnders' actress Patsy Palmer has confessed she used to turn up to the set of the soap ''high on booze and drugs''
'EastEnders' star Patsy Palmer used to turn up on set "high on booze and drugs".
The 38-year-old actress - who is currently on maternity leave from the BBC One soap - admitted when she first started playing Bianca Jackson in 1993 she would sometimes go straight to work after all-night benders.
She said: "I was turning up on set straight from the clubs high on booze and drugs.
"I'd get in, have a shower and see if I was meant to be on set. If I wasn't, I'd get straight into bed, go to sleep in my dressing room and then they'd wake me up. Each time I went to sleep I'd wake up and feel a little bit better."
Patsy - who has stayed clean from drink and drugs since her rebab stint seven years ago - explained 'EastEnders' bosses were so concerned about her partying they decided to write Bianca out of the show for a month so the actress could "sort it out".
Speaking to Piers Morgan on his 'Life Stories' series for ITV1, she added: "Eastenders' executive producer at the time, Jane Harris, called me upstairs and said, 'You need to go off. I'm going to write you out for a month'.
"She said it because she really, really cared about me. She said, 'You need to go off and sort this out'."