EASTENDERS legend Jessie Wallace is best known for her role as Kat Slater on the BBC soap opera.
Here’s everything you need to know about the actress, from career to personal life.
Who is Jessie Wallace?
Karen Jane Wallace, professionally known as Jessie Wallace, is a 50 year old English actress.
Wallace was born in Enfield, North London and is of Irish descent.
Her parents divorced when she was three years old and she was raised by her father.
She took her stage name after her late grandmother.
After leaving school, she went on to train as a make-up artist at North East London College, Tottenham and spent two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Here she met actor Ian Glen, who helped her get into the London Theater College, from which she graduated in 1999.
While she was auditioning, she was working as a waitress at a local pub in Lawton, Essex.
Wallace made her first television appearance in an episode of the ITV police drama series The Bill in 1999.
Who is her EastEnders character Kat Slater?
Kat Slater, aka Kathleen Moon, came to Walford in 2000 with her family: dad Charlie, grandma Moe Harris, and sisters Little Moe, Lynn and Zoe.
She landed a job as a bartender at the Queen Vic and quickly became a fan favorite for her chatty and loud demeanor.
Some of her biggest storylines included the revelation that her sister Zoe was actually her daughter and, of course, her tumultuous relationship with Alfie Moon.
Jessie has received numerous awards for her role as Kat, the legend of Albert Square.
When she first arrived at Albert Square, Jessie won the British Soap Award for Best Newcomer in 2001. She then received annual Best Actress nominations from 2002 to 2006 and again in 2011.
She won Most Popular Newcomer in 2001 and Most Popular Actress in 2003 at the National Television Awards. She was also nominated for the Most Popular Actress award in 2002, 2004 and 2005.
The scenes showing Kat as Zoe’s mother have been cited as some of the most iconic in East Ender history.
Is she married and does she have children?
Jessie has never been married, but the star has had a vibrant love life.
When she first joined EastEnders, she was ending a three-year relationship with former Mallorcan criminal Paul Whitworth. When that relationship ended, she had a holiday romance with a 25-year-old American who sold his story.
She is raising her daughter Tallulah with police officer Dave Morgan, whom she met when she was arrested for driving over the limit by one and a half times.
In 2011, Jessie dumped fiancé Vince Morse on their wedding day after he admitted to sending a candid photo of the actress to his ex.
In 2016, Jessie broke up with her drug addict ex-boyfriend Tim Arnold after he was “tired” of fame and was later seen hanging out with a mystery man in Liverpool.
She then dated father-of-five Paul Kempin, but they broke up after two years together in 2019.
In May 2022, Wallace was spotted with her new man, a merchant who worked at her home.
The source said this Mirror on their burgeoning relationship: “It’s like a soap storyline – a classic Kat prank.
“Jesse seems to be in seventh heaven.”
In March 2022, Wallace announced that she had become a grandmother at age 50, as daughter Tallulah gave birth to a son.
What other TV shows has Jessie starred in?
In 2010, she played Patricia Phoenix in the TV movie. Rcargo to Koronation The outsidewhich dramatized the making of the show.
Wallace continued as Cat Slater in the 2017 spin-off. Kat and Alfie: Redwater.
She was also in Frienchant as well as Sounderupees, wild at heart, Class Apart, dinner party as well as Miss Marie Lloyd.