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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
1 Worked 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.
2 Some 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).
3 Her musical influences are Marie Lloyd and Georgia Brown.
4 Maternal granddaughter of Ernest William (1930-1976) and Iris Rosina ('née Bird) Leach (1928-2003).
5 As 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).
6 Her favourite actor is Jack Lemmon and her favourite actress is Anna Magnani.
7 Ranked #9 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Kat Moon (2015).
8 Is 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.
9 Was 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.
10 Was engaged to caterer Vincent Morse, having been in a relationship with him since July 2010 (April-August 2011).
11 Was in consideration for the part of Ellie in Hope Springs (2009), but Alex Kingston was cast instead.
12 Aunt 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.
13 Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her daughter Tallulah in order to resume filming EastEnders (1985).
14 Is just 26 years younger than Laila Morse, who plays her grandmother on EastEnders (1985).
15 Was forced to take early maternity leave from EastEnders (1985) after being hospitalised at 6 months pregnant, having almost lost her baby due to stress.
16 Gave 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.
17 Was in an on/off relationship with Dave Morgan (April 2003-February 2005).
18 Is 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).
19 Her 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.
20 Ranked #20 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Kat Moon (2010).
21 Her 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).
22 Her 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).
23 Is 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.
24 Despite playing her older sister on EastEnders (1985), Wallace is 3 years younger than Kacey Ainsworth.
25 Was 6 months pregnant with her daughter Tallulah when she went on maternity leave from EastEnders (1985).
26 Jessie worked as a make-up artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company for 2 years before becoming an actress.
27 Sister of Joanne (née Wallace) Harman (b. 1968) and Danielle Mason (b. 1983).
28 Daughter of James Wallace (b. 1944) and Annette (née Leach) Mason (b. 1952).


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Amoc 2013 post-production Lecturer
Redwater 2017 TV Series Kat Moon
EastEnders 2000-2016 TV Series Kat Kat Moon
Neighbours 30th Anniversary Tribute: Ramsay Square 2015 TV Movie Kat Moon
Children in Need 2010 TV Series Kat Moon
The Road to Coronation Street 2010 TV Movie Pat Phoenix
Wild at Heart 2008 TV Series Amy Kriel
The Dinner Party 2007 TV Movie Jackie
Miss Marie Lloyd 2007 TV Movie Marie Lloyd
A Class Apart 2007 TV Movie Candy Jerome
French and Saunders 2005 TV Series Special Guest
EastEnders: Slaters in Detention 2003 Video Kat Slater
The Bill 1999 TV Series P.C. Lace

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bruce's Hall of Fame 2014 TV Movie performer: "A Little of What you Fancy", "As Long as He Needs Me"
EastEnders 2000-2005 TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
National Television Awards 2016 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Late Late Show 2016 TV Series Herself
Eastenders: Backstage with Zoe Ball & Joe Swash 2015 TV Movie Herself
The Graham Norton Show 2007-2015 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
EastEnders: Back to Ours 2015 TV Series Herself
Bruce's Hall of Fame 2014 TV Movie Herself
This Morning 2003-2014 TV Series Herself
Masterchef 2014 TV Series Herself
National Television Awards 2014 TV Special Herself
The British Soap Awards 2013 2013 TV Special Herself
Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2013 TV Special Herself
The National Television Awards: Party 2011 2011 TV Special Herself
Chris Moyles Quiz Night 2010 TV Series Herself
EastEnders Revealed 2002-2010 TV Series documentary Herself
The One Show 2008-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest / Herself - Guest
Angela and Friends 2010 TV Series Herself
Loose Women 2010 TV Series Herself
Cash in the Celebrity Attic 2009 TV Series Herself
Strictly Come Dancing 2008 TV Series Herself - Contestant / Herself
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 2008 TV Series documentary Herself
The Paul O'Grady Show 2004-2007 TV Series Herself
Richard & Judy 2001-2007 TV Series Herself
The British Soap Awards 2007 2007 TV Special Herself
GMTV 2007 TV Series Herself
The F Word 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
The Friday Night Project 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest Host
2003 TV Moments 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself - Audience Member
EastEnders: Christmas Party 2003 TV Movie Performer / Herself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2003 TV Series Herself
Children in Need 2003 TV Series Herself
The National Television Awards 2003 TV Special Herself
V Graham Norton 2003 TV Series Herself
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do 2003 TV Special Kat Slater
So Graham Norton 2001 TV Series Herself
National Television Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
An Audience with Des O'Connor 2001 TV Special Herself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sport Relief 2016: Eastenders - Stacey's Storyline Appeal 2016 TV Movie Kat Moon
The Graham Norton Show 2011 TV Series Herself
Would I Lie to You? 2007 TV Series Kat Slater
Sex, Lies & Soaps 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Kat Slater

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 British Soap Award British Soap Awards Best Actress EastEnders (1985)
2011 British Soap Award British Soap Awards Best On-Screen Partnership EastEnders (1985) · Shane Richie
2011 TRIC Award Television and Radio Industries Club Awards TV Soap Personality EastEnders (1985)
2011 TV Quick Award TV Quick Awards, UK Best Soap Actress EastEnders (1985)
2004 Sexiest Female British Soap Awards EastEnders (1985)
2003 Sexiest Female British Soap Awards EastEnders (1985)
2003 National Television Award National Television Awards, UK Most Popular Actress EastEnders (1985)
2003 TV Quick Award TV Quick Awards, UK Best Soap Actress EastEnders (1985)
2002 British Soap Award British Soap Awards Sexiest Female EastEnders (1985)
2001 British Soap Award British Soap Awards Best Newcomer EastEnders (1985)
2001 National Television Award National Television Awards, UK Most Popular Newcomer EastEnders (1985)
2001 TV Quick Award TV Quick Awards, UK Best New Soap/Actor/Actress EastEnders (1985)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 National Television Award National Television Awards, UK Most Popular Serial Drama Performance EastEnders (1985)
2013 British Soap Award British Soap Awards Best Actress EastEnders (1985)
2012 National Television Award National Television Awards, UK Most Popular Serial Drama Performance EastEnders (1985)
2011 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actress The Road to Coronation Street (2010)
2006 British Soap Award British Soap Awards Best Actress EastEnders (1985)
2006 British Soap Award British Soap Awards Best Exit EastEnders (1985) · Shane Richie
2005 British Soap Award British Soap Awards Best Actress EastEnders (1985)
2005 National Television Award National Television Awards, UK Most Popular Actress EastEnders (1985)
2004 National Television Award National Television Awards, UK Most Popular Actress EastEnders (1985)
2002 British Soap Award British Soap Awards Best Actress EastEnders (1985)
2002 British Soap Award British Soap Awards Best Dramatic Performance EastEnders (1985)
2002 British Soap Award British Soap Awards Hero of the Year EastEnders (1985)
2002 National Television Award National Television Awards, UK Most Popular Actress EastEnders (1985)


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


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