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Jessie Wallace

Biography

British actress who received multiple soap opera awards for playing Kat Moon about EastEnders for greater than a decade. She experienced her first tv part in 1999 in the English series The Expenses. She received a British Cleaning soap Award for Greatest Celebrity in 2011 and two for Sexiest Woman in 2004 and 2005. She’s a daughter called Tallulah Lilac Morgan. She competed within the 6th time of year of Strictly Arrive Dance against Gillian Taylforth .

Quick Facts


Full Name Jessie Wallace
Date Of Birth September 25, 1971
Place Of Birth London, England
Height 1.55 m
Profession TV Actress
Education The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
Nationality British
Children Tallulah Lilac Morgan
Parents Annette Mason, James Wallace
Siblings Danielle Mason, Joanne Harman
Awards National Television Award for Most Popular Newcomer, The British Soap Award for Sexiest Female, The British Soap Award for Best Newcomer, The British Soap Award for Best On-Screen Partnership, National Television Award for Most Popular Actress, The British Soap Award for Best Actress
Nominations The British Soap Award for Best Dramatic Performance, The British Soap Award for Best Exit, National Television Award for Outstanding Serial Drama Performance, The British Soap Award for Best Storyline, British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress, The British Soap Award for Hero of the Year
Movies The Road to Coronation Street, Miss Marie Lloyd – Queen of The Music Hall, The Dinner Party, A Class Apart, Amoc
TV Shows EastEnders, Kat & Alfie: Redwater
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1Worked alongside her former EastEnders (1985) screen husband Shane Richie on 3 separate projects after they quit the soap opera in January 2016; the UK tour of "A Perfect Murder", the EastEnders (1985) TV spin-off Redwater (2017), and the pantomime "Robin Hood". They played husband and wife in all 3 of these projects.
2Some of her favourite films include Rebel Without a Cause (1955), The Rose Tattoo (1955), Some Like It Hot (1959), Kes (1969), Ryan's Daughter (1970), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Wish You Were Here (1987) and Cinderella (2015).
3Her musical influences are Marie Lloyd and Georgia Brown.
4Maternal granddaughter of Ernest William (1930-1976) and Iris Rosina ('née Bird) Leach (1928-2003).
5As of 2016 she is the 8th-longest serving actress in the history of EastEnders (1985) (tied with Charlie Brooks, and behind only June Brown, Pam St. Clement, Wendy Richard, Letitia Dean, Barbara Windsor, a tied Gillian Taylforth, Natalie Cassidy and Laila Morse, and a tied Gretchen Franklin, Patsy Palmer and Gillian Wright), having played the character Kat Moon intermittently for 11 years (initially from 2000 until 2005, and then from 2010 onwards).
6Her favourite actor is Jack Lemmon and her favourite actress is Anna Magnani.
7Ranked #9 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Kat Moon (2015).
8Is one of 7 EastEnders (1985) actors to have won the Best Newcomer Award at the British Soap Awards; the others are Alex Ferns, Nigel Harman, Charlie Clements, Marc Elliott, Maddy Hill and Bonnie Langford.
9Was in a relationship with Tim Arnold from April 2012 until February 2016, having been introduced by his mother and her EastEnders (1985) co-star Polly Perkins.
10Was engaged to caterer Vincent Morse, having been in a relationship with him since July 2010 (April-August 2011).
11Was in consideration for the part of Ellie in Hope Springs (2009), but Alex Kingston was cast instead.
12Aunt of Mitchell (b. 1990), Jake (b. 1993), Kaylee (b. 1996) and Josh (b. 1998), via her sister Joanne and her husband Paul Harman, and Rudy (b. 2011), via her sister Danielle Mason and her boyfriend Tony Giles.
13Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her daughter Tallulah in order to resume filming EastEnders (1985).
14Is just 26 years younger than Laila Morse, who plays her grandmother on EastEnders (1985).
15Was forced to take early maternity leave from EastEnders (1985) after being hospitalised at 6 months pregnant, having almost lost her baby due to stress.
16Gave birth to her 1st child at age 33, a daughter Tallulah Lilac Morgan on 2 November 2004. Child's father is her now ex-fiancé Dave Morgan.
17Was in an on/off relationship with Dave Morgan (April 2003-February 2005).
18Is one of 20 EastEnders (1985) actors to compete in Strictly Come Dancing (2004). The others, in chronological order, are Christopher Parker (Spencer Moon), Jill Halfpenny (Kate Mitchell), Patsy Palmer (Bianca Jackson), Louisa Lytton (Ruby Allen), Letitia Dean (Sharon Rickman), Matt Di Angelo (Deano Wicks), Phil Daniels (Kevin Wicks), Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Mitchell), Zöe Lucker (Vanessa Gold), Ricky Groves (Garry Hobbs), Natalie Cassidy (Sonia Fowler), Jimi Mistry (Fred Fonesca), Scott Maslen (Jack Branning), Kara Tointon (Dawn Swann), Anita Dobson (Angie Watts), Sid Owen (Ricky Butcher), Jake Wood (Max Branning), Kellie Bright (Linda Carter) and Tameka Empson (Kim Fox-Hubbard).
19Her EastEnders (1985) character Kat Moon became the 24th woman on the soap opera to give birth. Kat had a son Tommy (played initially by Ralfie White and then by Shay Crotty), born on 30 December 2010 and twins Bert and Ernie (played by Freddie and Stanley Beale), born on 8 August 2014.
20Ranked #20 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Kat Moon (2010).
21Her EastEnders (1985) character Kat Slater's wedding to Andy Hunter (Michael Higgs), dated on 14 November 2003, is ranked #14 in "The 50 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Weddings of All Time" (2010).
22Her EastEnders (1985) character Kat Slater's wedding to Alfie Moon (Shane Richie), dated on 25 December 2003, is ranked #4 in "The 50 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Weddings of All Time" (2010).
23Is one of 7 EastEnders (1985) actresses to have won the Best Actress Award at the British Soap Awards; the others are Barbara Windsor, Patsy Palmer, Natalie Cassidy, Kacey Ainsworth, Lacey Turner and Kellie Bright.
24Despite playing her older sister on EastEnders (1985), Wallace is 3 years younger than Kacey Ainsworth.
25Was 6 months pregnant with her daughter Tallulah when she went on maternity leave from EastEnders (1985).
26Jessie worked as a make-up artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company for 2 years before becoming an actress.
27Sister of Joanne (née Wallace) Harman (b. 1968) and Danielle Mason (b. 1983).
28Daughter of James Wallace (b. 1944) and Annette (née Leach) Mason (b. 1952).


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Amoc2013post-productionLecturer
Redwater2017TV SeriesKat Moon
EastEnders2000-2016TV SeriesKat Kat Moon
Neighbours 30th Anniversary Tribute: Ramsay Square2015TV MovieKat Moon
Children in Need2010TV SeriesKat Moon
The Road to Coronation Street2010TV MoviePat Phoenix
Wild at Heart2008TV SeriesAmy Kriel
The Dinner Party2007TV MovieJackie
Miss Marie Lloyd2007TV MovieMarie Lloyd
A Class Apart2007TV MovieCandy Jerome
French and Saunders2005TV SeriesSpecial Guest
EastEnders: Slaters in Detention2003VideoKat Slater
The Bill1999TV SeriesP.C. Lace

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bruce's Hall of Fame2014TV Movie performer: "A Little of What you Fancy", "As Long as He Needs Me"
EastEnders2000-2005TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
National Television Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Late Late Show2016TV SeriesHerself
Eastenders: Backstage with Zoe Ball & Joe Swash2015TV MovieHerself
The Graham Norton Show2007-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
EastEnders: Back to Ours2015TV SeriesHerself
Bruce's Hall of Fame2014TV MovieHerself
This Morning2003-2014TV SeriesHerself
Masterchef2014TV SeriesHerself
National Television Awards2014TV SpecialHerself
The British Soap Awards 20132013TV SpecialHerself
Arqiva British Academy Television Awards2013TV SpecialHerself
The National Television Awards: Party 20112011TV SpecialHerself
Chris Moyles Quiz Night2010TV SeriesHerself
EastEnders Revealed2002-2010TV Series documentaryHerself
The One Show2008-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Herself - Guest
Angela and Friends2010TV SeriesHerself
Loose Women2010TV SeriesHerself
Cash in the Celebrity Attic2009TV SeriesHerself
Strictly Come Dancing2008TV SeriesHerself - Contestant / Herself
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two2008TV Series documentaryHerself
The Paul O'Grady Show2004-2007TV SeriesHerself
Richard & Judy2001-2007TV SeriesHerself
The British Soap Awards 20072007TV SpecialHerself
GMTV2007TV SeriesHerself
The F Word2006TV Series documentaryHerself
The Friday Night Project2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest Host
2003 TV Moments2004TV Movie documentaryHerself - Audience Member
EastEnders: Christmas Party2003TV MoviePerformer / Herself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2003TV SeriesHerself
Children in Need2003TV SeriesHerself
The National Television Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
V Graham Norton2003TV SeriesHerself
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do2003TV SpecialKat Slater
So Graham Norton2001TV SeriesHerself
National Television Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
An Audience with Des O'Connor2001TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sport Relief 2016: Eastenders - Stacey's Storyline Appeal2016TV MovieKat Moon
The Graham Norton Show2011TV SeriesHerself
Would I Lie to You?2007TV SeriesKat Slater
Sex, Lies & Soaps2006TV Mini-Series documentaryKat Slater

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest ActressEastEnders (1985)
2011British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest On-Screen PartnershipEastEnders (1985)· Shane Richie
2011TRIC AwardTelevision and Radio Industries Club AwardsTV Soap PersonalityEastEnders (1985)
2011TV Quick AwardTV Quick Awards, UKBest Soap ActressEastEnders (1985)
2004Sexiest FemaleBritish Soap AwardsEastEnders (1985)
2003Sexiest FemaleBritish Soap AwardsEastEnders (1985)
2003National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular ActressEastEnders (1985)
2003TV Quick AwardTV Quick Awards, UKBest Soap ActressEastEnders (1985)
2002British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsSexiest FemaleEastEnders (1985)
2001British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest NewcomerEastEnders (1985)
2001National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular NewcomerEastEnders (1985)
2001TV Quick AwardTV Quick Awards, UKBest New Soap/Actor/ActressEastEnders (1985)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular Serial Drama PerformanceEastEnders (1985)
2013British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest ActressEastEnders (1985)
2012National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular Serial Drama PerformanceEastEnders (1985)
2011BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Road to Coronation Street (2010)
2006British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest ActressEastEnders (1985)
2006British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest ExitEastEnders (1985)· Shane Richie
2005British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest ActressEastEnders (1985)
2005National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular ActressEastEnders (1985)
2004National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular ActressEastEnders (1985)
2002British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest ActressEastEnders (1985)
2002British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest Dramatic PerformanceEastEnders (1985)
2002British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsHero of the YearEastEnders (1985)
2002National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular ActressEastEnders (1985)


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#Quote
1The fact that you have to look a certain way isn't fair" - on her weight and media comments


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