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Patsy Palmer has shed light on her family life in Malibu, past drug abuse and returning to EastEnders for a third time in a new interview.

The actress, 47 - who is set to re-emerge on Albert Square next month - insisted she's the 'happiest I've ever been' as she juggles her part-time career with living in the States along with her four children and husband Richard Merkell.

Temporarily leaving the sunny climes of California for her three-week stint back in the UK, the soap star has enthused her time on set was 'so much fun' as she reconnected with old faces on the BBC show.

'I'm the happiest I¿ve ever been': Patsy Palmer has shed light on her family life in Malibu, past drug abuse and returning to EastEnders for a third time in a new interview

'I'm the happiest I’ve ever been': Patsy Palmer has shed light on her family life in Malibu, past drug abuse and returning to EastEnders for a third time in a new interview

The Bianca Jackson actress relocated to Malibu with Charley, 27, Fenton, 19, Emilia, 18, Bertie, eight, and designer company worker Richard five years ago.

On her move and bumping into A-list celebrities such as Mary J Blige and Cindy Crawford, Patsy told The Sun's Fabulous Magazine: 'We just wanted to try something new, we have a pretty normal life in an extraordinary place.'

Her children have followed in her footsteps as Charley is a budding actor, while Fenton and Emilia are up-and-coming models. 

Their close-knit relationship - in which the Grange Hill star admits to still sleeping in bed with her youngest child - has landed the family a reality TV show.

Comeback: The actress, 47, is set to re-emerge on Albert Square next month for Whitney Dean and Callum Highway's wedding (pictured om 2013)

Comeback: The actress, 47, is set to re-emerge on Albert Square next month for Whitney Dean and Callum Highway's (pictured om 2013)

Family first: The Bianca Jackson actress relocated to Malibu with Charley, 27, Fenton, 19, Emilia, 18, Bertie, eight, and designer company worker Richard five years ago

Family first: The Bianca Jackson actress relocated to Malibu with Charley, 27, Fenton, 19, Emilia, 18, Bertie, eight, and designer company worker Richard five years ago

She explained: 'Yes, it’s happening. We’re talking about it seriously with

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