EastEnders Jessie Wallace stuns fans as she reveals her birth name in throwback snap

EastEnders star Jessie Wallace has stunned her fans as she revealed her birth name in a throwback snap shared to Instagram.

The 51 year old actress, who is best known for playing the iconic character of Kat Slater on the BBC soap, shared a snap of an old clipping from The Guardian newspaper in 1985, which she reposted from a friend.

The sepia-coloured snap saw Jessie beaming alongside three of her pals wearing coats, with the caption reading: "Grin and bear it," before listing the four girls' names.

What stood out though, was the revelation that Jessie's real name is, in fact, 'Karen Wallis'.

In the snap, Jessie looked worlds away from her dark-haired character on EastEnders, as she rocked short blonde hair and a prominent fringe, whilst her wide grin was instantly recognisable.

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Her friend wrote on the post: "Love this pic. Very randomly being in the Guardian newspaper," whilst Jessie wrote: "Trippy Day 1985."

It comes as Jessie was recently spotted out and about without her engagement ring, although she is "very much" still engaged according to her friends.

Earlier this year, the EastEnders star became engaged to carpenter boyfriend Justin Gallwey, after at least a year together, and she recently shared a loved-up snap on her Instagram, which she captioned: "my handsome fiancé".

Just days after news of her engagement broke, Jessie stepped out wearing a rather noticeable gold wedding band.

However, she has since been spotted running some errands near her home in north London, having seemingly opted to leave the bling at home.

Despite this, the engagement is said to still be on, with a close friend of Jessie's telling the Mirror: "Jessie simply popped out without her ring on, as she often does if she's working as she obviously can't wear it whilst filming, it's nothing more than that, they're very much together."

Jessie, who plays Kat Slater on the long-running BBC soap, left fans confused last summer after hinting that she and Justin may have already tied the knot, when she referred to him as "my hubby" in a sweet Instagram snap.


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