EastEnders’ Jessie Wallace looks fresh-faced as she heads to the shops after completing two-month soap suspension


JESSIE Wallace looked relaxed on a low-key outing a week after returning to EastEnders following her two-month suspension.

The soap star, 48, nipped to the shop wearing an oversized hoodie and matching jogging bottoms.

A fresh-faced Jessie – who plays feisty Kat Slater in the soap – went make-up free with her dark hair tied back.

The actress was pictured returning to the BBC One set in her car last week. 

The Sun reported that the long-serving star was temporarily written out of upcoming plots on the show after an “incident” that took place during filming.

However, all of that seems to be in the past as she was seen driving up to the barriers of the famous Borehamwood studio. 

The EastEnders star’s face was snapped in one of her car’s wing mirrors, her face clad in huge green sunglasses. 

Before entering the site a security guard was tasked with taking the actress’s temperature. 

Back in January an insider told The Mirror show bosses had hauled Jessie into a crisis meeting after her behaviour was “called into question”.

A source told The Sun it appeared that troubled Jessie seemed drunk on set.

Bosses held a crisis meeting and decided she would be axed from the show for two months to “sort herself out”.

Jessie had already filmed scenes for Albert Square’s explosive 35th anniversary special, so writers are coming up with a storyline to explain Kat’s temporary departure.

The Sun exclusively revealed Jessie had split with greengrocer boyfriend Paul Keepin after two years.

The source added that Jessie was told she would be suspended for two months, saying: “Bosses were left with no choice but to discipline her.

“During the meeting she was told to sort herself out before returning to work.

Jessie has been one of the biggest stars in soapland for years, joining the drama for her first stint as Alfie Moon’s girlfriend between 2000 and 2005.

They had a five-year break from our screens before returning in the autumn of 2010 for another five years, when they left to appear in their own six-part BBC series, Redwater.

Jessie reprised the role of Kat – without Alfie this time – once more in 2018.


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