Patsy Palmer watches her son Fenton, 17, graduate from high school

Patsy Palmer looks every inch the proud mother as she watches her model son Fenton, 17, graduate from high school in Malibu

She frequently gushes over her children’s bright futures as they embark on their careers.

And Patsy Palmer beamed with delight as she watched her son Fenton Merkell graduate from Malibu High School on Thursday.

The former EastEnders star, 46, wasn’t the only one to showcase their pride for the 17-year-old model, as they were joined by his younger sister Emilia, 16, as well as his girlfriend and Lisa Rinna’s daughter Amelia Hamlin. 

Doting mother: Patsy Palmer beamed with delight as she watched her son Fenton Merkell, 17, graduate from Malibu High School on Thursday (pictured with daughter Emilia, 16)

The former soap star cut a typically sophisticated figure in her all-black ensemble, which featured a pair of glossy skinny jeans and a casual blouse.

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Injecting a hint of glamour into her look, Patsy wore snake print loafers and accessorised with chic oversized sunglasses.

The mother-of-four wore her luscious strawberry-blonde tresses in her signature straight style, while opting for minimal make-up.

Delighted: The former EastEnders star, 46, couldn’t contained her joy as she flashed a wide grin while her model son collected his certificate 

Kiss kiss: Patsy wasn’t the only one to showcase their pride for the model, as they were joined by his girlfriend and Lisa Rinna’s daughter Amelia Hamlin, who shared a sweet smooch with her beau

Chic: The former soap star cut a typically sophisticated figure in her all-black ensemble, which featured a pair of glossy skinny jeans and a casual blouse

Pleased: Injecting a hint of glamour into her look, Patsy wore snake print loafers and accessorised with chic oversized sunglasses

Meanwhile, model-of-the-moment Fenton appeared in high spirits in his academic dress, teamed with a pink flower lei.

Patsy’s daughter nailed casual chic as she was clad in a white crochet bralet, paired with light-wash straight-leg jeans.

Relishing in the throes of love, Los Angeles native Amelia, 16, shared a sweet smooch with her beau.

Stunning: The mother-of-four wore her luscious strawberry-blonde tresses in her signature straight style, while opting for minimal make-up


Making moves: Meanwhile, model-of-the-moment Fenton appeared in high spirits in his academic dress, teamed with a pink flower lei

Style savvy: Patsy’s daughter nailed casual chic as she was clad in a white crochet bralet, paired with light-wash straight-leg jeans


Proud: The teen was pictured smiling from ear-to-ear as he returned to his seat shortly after he collected his certificate

The IMG model – who is the daughter of RHOBH star Lisa and actor Harry Hamlin – maintained her trendy appearance as she slipped into a polka dot shift dress, while upping the style ante with a pair of circular-framed glasses.

The new graduate was showered with love from his girlfriend and fellow model Amelia, with their relationship first hitting headlines in March.

Taking their romance to the next level, the pair frequently share snaps of each other on their widely-followed social media accounts.

Fashion maven: The IMG model maintained her trendy appearance as she slipped into a polka dot shift dress, while upping the style ante with a pair of circular-framed glasses

Smitten: The new graduate was showered with love from his girlfriend and fellow model Amelia, with their relationship first hitting headlines in March

Patsy recently admitted that she’s willing to do what it takes to help aspiring models Fenton and Emilia.

The Bethnal Green native spoke to iD magazine about their budding careers in the creative industry.

She revealed that neither teens go to traditional school, and instead study online in order to give them the flexibility to attend casting sessions and acting lessons. 

Loved-up: Taking their romance to the next level, the pair frequently share snaps of each other on their widely-followed social media accounts

Family first: The brunette beauty is the daughter of RHOBH star Lisa and actor Harry Hamlin (pictured with her parents and sister Delilah in October 2017)

Explaining that her children manage to get their work done in their unique system, she reasoned: ‘They don’t really like school anyway, I hated it when I was a kid, so I’m never going to push them.’

As Emilia said ‘you don’t need to go to college to have a good job,’ Patsy agreed as she jumped in explaining ‘They’re very creative – I feel like there’s a lot more they could be doing outside of school, anyway.’ 

Patsy certainly proves you don’t have to attend college to succeed, having scooped a long-running role in EastEnders, parts in several dramas and releasing her own autobiography. 

Cosy: The pair continued their affectionate display as Amelia ruffled with her boyfriend’s hair

Snap: Patsy – who recently admitted that she’s willing to do what it takes to help her son – couldn’t help but capture the special moment with her mobile phone

Patsy could soon be giving her children a taste of the limelight as there is hypothetical talk about doing a reality TV show – yet not one with ‘horrible fighting like the Kardashians’ the star reasoned.  

‘We could make it so funny, though,’ quipped Fenton, as Emilia reasoned: ‘They like to cause controversy, it’s all so fake anyway.’

Patsy and her cab driver husband Richard Merkell moved across the pond to start a new life in Malibu, California, four years ago.

The pair share Fenton and Emilia, as well as son Bertie, seven.

Devoted: The Bethnal Green native spoke to iD magazine about her children’s budding careers in the creative industry

Open: She revealed that neither teens go to traditional school, and instead study online in order to give them the flexibility to attend casting sessions and acting lessons

Patsy also has son Charley Palmer Rothwell, 25 – a successful actor who has appeared in big-screen hits including Dunkirk and Darkest Hour, from a previous relationship.

Speaking about her new life in April, Patsy told Loose Women: ‘We just decided that we wanted to go. We said we either go now or we don’t go. My kids are big tennis players and I wanted the outdoor life for them.

‘We were nearly in Sydney ten years ago. I did a film there and I really wanted to stay there but we came back. My kids are really happy. It is a really beautiful life.’

Patsy now works as a DJ in LA, and confessed she enjoys the quieter lifestyle, as few people recognise her from the famous BBC soap in the US. 

She said on ITV’s Lorraine last year: ‘It was a little bit strange getting used to the idea you’re not ‘on show’ everywhere you walk about, 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, it is something you probably need therapy for, though I haven’t gone down that route since I’ve been here but everyone does.’

Candid: ‘They don’t really like school anyway, I hated it when I was a kid, so I’m never going to push them’, Patsy explained

Talented: Patsy certainly proves you don’t have to attend college to succeed, having scooped a long-running role in EastEnders, parts in several dramas and releasing her own autobiography

She added that she doesn’t miss crave a return to acting herself, saying: ‘No I don’t actually miss it. I’m not going to lie. I don’t miss acting one bit.’ 

She also said it’s unlikely she would ever crack out that silver padded jacket and return to EastEnders – however, she did not rule it out completely.

She said: ‘I don’t know. To be honest, I’d say never say never about anything. It was a big mistake if you say things like that but to be honest, I’m nearly 45.

‘There’s so much that you don’t do when you’re in Elstree for 20 years on and off.’ 

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