Patsy Palmer, four kids, 40 and fab - how does she do it?Closers

Normally we don't much care for a showy-off showbiz mum posing in her undercrackers (usually with a faux self-deprecating comment about 'hating' their perfect bod) but we LOVED these pics of EastEnders' actress Patsy Palmer - even if they did turn us green with envy.

Believe it or not, that body is FORTY years old and has carried FOUR babies!

It's enough to make you weep, isn't it?

Patsy posed for the photos for Closer magazine, and in a refreshingly frank interview admitted she knew she'd 'never be a Rihanna'.

"I've always wished I had olive skin and darker hair, but you always want the opposite of what you've got," she said, but added that she was 'proud' of her body, and that it was 'nice to have some curves' as you get older.

Patsy Palmer, four kids, 40 and fab - how does she do it?Closer

Teetotal Patsy also told the mag that she meditates to find inner peace - a world away from the well-documented alcohol and drug addictions of her youth.

"Being spiritual can help fill the void in your life and make you stop the behaviour," she said, "I'm a lot more comfortable in my own skin and at peace with myself now. I've learnt it's far easier to be true to yourself and not try to be someone else."

Patsy revealed that she still attends weekly AA meetings since giving up booze in 2003, and that the programme has been an 'amazing process'.

"It's all very anonymous and not necessarily something you share with the est of the world day to day, but it makes me feel better and I can just be me," she said, "I still don't get it right all the time, but I try to follow the steps as closely as I can."

The full feature appears in the New You supplement, free with this week's Closer magazine, on sale now.