Patsy Palmer shows off her impressive beach body on family holiday in the Caribbean


She's a long way from Walford: Patsy Palmer shows off her trim beach body on family holiday in the Caribbean

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00:03 GMT, 7 May 2012

In her role as Bianca Butcher in EastEnders, we're used to seeing Patsy Palmer covered up in tracksuits and her signature quilted jacket.

But as she takes a six month break from the show, the actress is a world away from her character's depressed life and wardrobe as she soaks up the sun in the Caribbean.

Showing off her slim figure in a patterned halter-neck bikini, its hard to believe the 39-year-old is a mother of four.

Beach body: EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer shows off her trim physique as she goes paddle-boarding on holiday in St Vincent

Beach body: EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer shows off her trim physique as she goes paddle-boarding on holiday in St Vincent

Looking good: The actress is looking slim despite having four children and fast approaching 40

Looking good: The actress is looking slim despite having four children and fast approaching 40

Looking good: The actress is looking slim despite having four children and fast approaching 40

After renewing her wedding vows on the island of St Vincent with her husband Richard Merkell, the soap star and her family are enjoying some much-needed quality time together.

Staying at the five-star Buccament Bay resort, the family have been enjoying lots of water sports during their time on the island.

Joining the actress, who turns 40 on May 26, and Merkell, were their three children Fenton, 11, daughter Emilia, 10, and son Bertie, 17 months, and her son Charley, 20, from a previous relationship.

Happy families: Patsy strolls along the beach with husband Richard Merkell and their middle son Fenton

Happy families: Patsy strolls along the beach with husband Richard Merkell and their middle son Fenton

Recently, the couple revealed they had decided to renew their wedding vows while on the island after their original ceremony 12 years ago was a bit rushed.

She told Hello! Magazine of her original wedding: 'I'd just given birth to Fenton prematurely at 32 weeks and he had to stay in hospital. We went to register Fenton's birth at Chelsea Register Office and out of all the gloom and worry we wanted to do something really lovely and get married.

'I was still big from my pregnancy so I didn't wear a proper wedding dress, just a baggy cotton frock, and we never even bothered with wedding photos.'

Chilling out: While on the island, Palmer and her husband decided to renew their vows in a romantic beach ceremony

Chilling out: While on the island, Palmer and her husband decided to renew their vows in a romantic beach ceremony

She said the recent service was 'a celebration of our lives and love for each other' and credited her husband with giving her 'the strength and stability' to quit her party lifestyle.

Palmer said: 'We wanted a simple but spiritual ceremony with lots of fun and laughter and to take away some really lovely happy memories, as well as make the children feel secure. It was exactly that and more. I feel really blessed.

Her break from the soap comes a few months after she revealed she suffered a miscarriage in October.

She tragically lost her baby just as she was preparing to return to the BBC soap after her maternity leave following the birth of her son Bertie.

An EastEnders spokeswoman said: 'Patsy will be back on screen later this year.'

Hi! The trio appeared to be waving to some friends as they walked along the beach

Hi! The trio appeared to be waving to some friends as they walked along the beach