EastEnders’ Jessie Wallace looks worlds away from Kat Slater as she stops for petrol

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EastEnders star Jessie Wallace appeared to be making the most of the warm weather on Tuesday as she was pictured leaving a north London petrol station in a black sundress.

The actress, 49, looked worlds away from her character Kat Slater's usual leopard print-themed garb in the spaghetti-strapped dress.

The soap star teamed her loose-fitting number with a pair of black and pink trainers and used her sunglasses to keep her chin-length hair off her face.

Jessie's causal appearance comes weeks after she left fans shocked when she shared a crude comment under her 26-year-old co-star Max Bowden's Instagram post.

Eastenders star Jessie Wallace looked worlds away from her on-screen character Kat Slater in a black sundress on Tuesday

Max shared a snap of himself looking rather dapper in a brown check blazer and double-breasted waistcoat at the National Television Awards two years ago.

He captioned the post: "Been a lifetime since this photo #ntas."

And it seems as though the Jessie was ready to stir the pot as she jokingly commented: "Remember… if you need a m***e to cry on…. I’m yer gal [winking emoji]."

The brash response stunned Max's followers as they shared both their horror and amusement at Jessie's reply.

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One fan commented: "I am speechless and laughing at the same time xxxx I love the love and banter between eastenders cast it makes me smile."

Another wrote: "@jessie.wallace_official Supportive m***e. I’m defiantly using this as a pick up line. Cheers Jess," alongside a string of laughing emojis.

A third penned: "@jessie.wallace_official hahahaha I choked on my green bean when I saw this."

While fans were quick to jump on Jessie's comment, the actor himself seemed a little more coy and was yet to reply to his co-star.

Jessie's alter ego Kat is known for her love of wearing leopard-print around Walford
(Image: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

Elsewhere, Jessie – who has starred on the popular BBC1 soap on and off since 2000 – was dramatically suspended from the BBC soap early last year after being accused of being drunk on set.

Jessie was written out of story lines for a brief period but made a triumphant return when filming resumed following the first lockdown.

In September, the actress also admitted that she enjoyed snogging her co-star Davood Ghadami while appearing on Secrets From The Square.

During the interview with Stacey Dooley, Jessie coyly discussed some of her raunchier scenes.

"I'm like, 'Oh ho ho ho!' I quickly go through the script and go, 'Oh, we snog! We snog in this one!'," Jessie jokingly told Stacey.

"Sometimes it's not in there and I say, 'Davood, do you think we should kiss in this one?'"

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