Actress Patsy Kensit has landed her "dream role" as she joins the cast of EastEnders, amid Lola Pearce's heartbreaking cancer storyline.
Patsy, 54, is set to join the long-running BBC soap as Lola's mother, who abandoned her when she was just three years old.
The former model had previously revealed that appearing on EastEnders has always been a dream of hers.
Speaking in 2019 she said: "I’d love to do EastEnders, my father was involved in organised crime in the East End, so I grew up around villains and that kind of backdrop. I can pull a pint and say, ‘You’re barred’."
An EastEnders source told The Sun: "Bosses are thrilled they have managed to get Patsy for this role.
“She’s a great actress and is about to play a part in one of their biggest current storylines.”
Patsy has previously starred in Emmerdale as villain Sadie King and Holby City as nurse Faye Morton.
As she was growing up, London native Patsy's family had links to the East End’s criminal underworld.
Her dad, nicknamed Jimmy The Dip, was an associate of the notorious 1960s gangsters the Kray Twins. Reggie Kray was even her brother’s godfather.
Her arrival to Albert Square comes as she's set to marry for the fifth time after a secret engagement to her boyfriend of only five weeks, multimillionaire property tycoon Patric Cassidy.
The Patsy was first married to musician Dan Donovan from 1988 to 1991, she later wed Simple Minds star Jim Kerr from 1992 to 1996 and the pair share a son, James, 29.
She married Oasis singer Liam Gallagher in 1997 and they too had a son, Lennon, now 21, but they went their separate ways in 2000.
Her fourth marriage was to DJ Jeremy Healy which lasted a year with the pair splitting in 2010.
Patsy candidly told spoke to OK! last year and revealed some of her most shocking confessions.
In one of the most jaw-dropping, Patsy explained the story of how she first met the late superstar David Bowie. She told OK!: “When I was 16 I made a movie called Absolute Beginners and David Bowie was in that film.
“I remember the first day that he arrived on set, everyone was lined up to shake his hand and me in my dopey 16-year-old brain was thinking we were going to meet and he was going to fall in love with me but he sort of just walked by.”
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