EASTENDERS star Jessie Wallace has been suspended from the BBC soap, according to reports tonight.
The 48-year-old Kat Slater actress is said to have been temporarily written out of upcoming plots on the show after an “incident” during filming.
Jessie Wallace, who plays Kat Slater, has been suspended from EastEnders according to reports[/caption]
An insider claims show bosses hauled Jessie into a crisis meeting after her behaviour was “called into question”, the Mirror report.
The source adds 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.
“Scriptwriters are currently coming up with a storyline to explain Kat’s temporary exit from Walford.”
She had a memorable partnership with Shane Richie’s Alfie Moon[/caption]
An insider said EastEnders bosses had ‘no choice’ but to discipline her[/caption]
The Sun Online contacted a rep for EastEnders, who declined to comment.
Jessie has been one of the biggest stars in soapland for years, joining for her first stint between 2000 and 2005 as Alfie Moon’s girlfriend.
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.
Jessie as Kat on EastEnders alongside Davood Ghadami’s Kush[/caption]
The actress after an appearace on ITV morning show Lorraine in 2017[/caption]
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She originally trained as a make-up artist and worked as a barmaid before becoming an actress.
The Sun revealed last month that Jessie is now single, having ended her relationship with Paul Keepin after almost two years.
A source saying: “Jessie and Paul recently ended things and have cut contact with each other.
“She is moving on and wants the New Year to be a fresh start when she will focus on work.
“After a quiet Christmas with her daughter and her closest friends, she is knuckling down for 2020.”