English actress Karen Jane Wallace, 50, also goes by the stage name Jessie Wallace. Wallace, who has Irish ancestry, was born in Enfield, North London. When she was three years old, her parents got divorced, leaving her father to raise her.
Jessie took her grandmother’s name as her stage name. Wallace spent two years working for the Royal Shakespeare Company after graduating from high school before continuing her makeup artistry training at the College of North East London in Tottenham. She met actor Iain Glen here, who assisted her in submitting an application to London Drama College, from where she eventually graduated in 1999.
She worked as a bartender in her neighbourhood pub in Loughton, Essex, while she was attending auditions. In a 1999 episode of the ITV police drama series The Bill, Wallace made her debut on television.
Jessie Wallace plays Kat Slater in EastEnders
In 2000, Kat Slater, then known as Kathleen Moon, and her family—father Charlie, grandmother Mo Harris, and sisters Little Mo, Lynne, and Zoe—moved to Walford. She was successful in landing a position as a bartender at Queen Vic, where she quickly won over patrons with her loud, mouthy behavior.
The revelation that her sister Zoe was truly her daughter and, of course, her tumultuous on-off romance with Alfie Moon were two of her most significant storylines.
Does Jessie Wallace have kids? Is Jessie Wallace married?
Despite not having been married, Jessie has had a number of interesting relationships. Jessie had just finished a three-year relationship with Paul Whitworth, an ex-con living in Majorca, when she initially started on EastEnders. Following the breakup of that relationship, she fell in love during the holidays with a 25-year-old American who sold his narrative.
Jessie and police officer Dave Morgan, whom she met when she was detained for operating a vehicle while one and a half times over the legal limit, raise their daughter Tallulah together. After Vince Morse acknowledged sending an obscene photo of the actress to his ex in 2011, Jessie broke up with him on the day of their wedding.
Tim Arnold and Jessie broke up in 2016 when he became “weary” of stardom and was later seen hanging out with an unknown man in Liverpool. Tim Arnold was her ex-crack addict boyfriend.
Jessie then began dating father-of-five Paul Kempin, however, the relationship ended in 2019 after two years. Wallace was sighted in May 2022 with her new partner, a tradesman who had worked on her house.
Regarding their developing romance, a source said to The Mirror: “It reads like a soap opera plot—a typical Kat antics. Jessie appears to be delighted.” Wallace reported her daughter Tallulah has given birth to a son in March 2022, at which point she became a grandmother.