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Patsy Palmer was picked on for having ginger hair

Actress Patsy Palmer was bullied for having ginger hair

Actress Patsy Palmer plays Bianca in EastEnders but when she was younger she used to be teased because of her hair colour.

She told Newsround her story:

"When I was little I was bullied - it started when I was about six years old.

I was picked on because I had ginger hair so I was obviously different from all the other kids.

I didn't have a lot of friends in school and I felt really scared. So I would lie to mum and tell her I felt ill all the time.

Although I didn't realise it at the time, there was nothing wrong with me. Now I know I can have freckles and red hair and be who I want.

But when they started I was really fearful. I think they continued because they knew they could get away with it.

Being bullied was the most horrible time of my life.

It was my acting that got me through. I got a part in a West End show where I made loads of other friends and there I realised not all children are bullies.

My experience of being bullied definitely has changed me - it made me strive in acting and want to do something with my life.

It made me a stronger person.

And it has made me a more compassionate person - now I will always help somebody being bullied.

There is nothing wrong with having red hair and freckles. It is what is on the inside that counts."

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