EastEnders’ Jessie Wallace pictured filming raucous boat party scenes for 35th anniversary… days before ‘shock suspension for drinking on set’
- Jessie Wallace was last pictured filming scenes for EastEnders last Saturday
- The actress has reportedly been suspended for two months for drinking on set
- Jessie, 48, filmed raucous boat party scenes on the River Thames for the soap’s 35th anniversary
- Bosses are said to be ‘relieved’ she has finished filming scenes for the episode
- Scriptwriters are reportedly coming up with a storyline to explain her abrupt exit
- EastEnders declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline
Jessie Wallace was last pictured filming raucous boat party scenes for the 35th anniversary of EastEnders less than a week before reportedly being suspended.
The actress, 48, who plays Kat Slater, is said to have been given a two month suspension from the soap for drinking on set.
Jessie was last seen filming on January 18 and appeared in high spirits in-between takes as she larked around with Davood Ghadami, who plays Kush Kazemi.
Last pictured: Jessie Wallace filmed raucous boat party scenes on January 18, a week before reportedly being suspended from the soap for being drunk on set
As filming commenced, Jessie was pictured partying hard with Jake Wood, Scott Marsden and Danny Dyer.
Clad in a leopard print coat and a glittering black sequin dress, Jessie played up to Kat’s wild behaviour.
The star was spotted clinging onto the railings and lifebuoy as she joked with Davood.
It seems Kat will feature prominently in a more comedic scene with her beau Kush.
Caution: The actress, 48, who plays Kat Slater, is said to have been given a two month suspension from the soap for drinking on set
Action: Jessie was last seen filming on January 18 and appeared in high spirits in-between takes as she larked around with Davood Ghadami
Filming: The star was spotted clinging onto the railings and lifebuoy as she joked with Davood
BBC producers promised an epic stunt for the 35th anniversary, and it appears one character will lose their life after a body was pulled out of the river.
And bosses are said to be ‘relieved’ Jessie completed filming scenes for the boat party, with the bash a pivotal storyline for the soap’s 35th Anniversary Special, which will air on February 19.
With production of the special episode well under way, scriptwriters will now have to scramble together to explain Jessie’s abrupt departure.
It was reported on Saturday, the soap star was hauled into a crisis meeting with show bosses after being drunk on set.
They are said to have ordered her to ‘sort herself out’ before returning.
Filming: Bosses are said to be ‘relieved’ Jessie wrapped-up filming the scenes on the River Thames last week
On the incident, an insider told The Sun: ‘It appeared that troubled Jessie seemed drunk on set.’
According to Mirror Online, a source added: ‘Bosses were left with no choice but to discipline her. During the meeting she was told to sort herself out before returning to work.
‘Scriptwriters are currently coming up with a storyline to explain Kat’s temporary exit from Walford.’
35th anniversary: It seems Kat will feature prominently in a more comedic scene with her beau Kush
The source continued: ‘Thankfully all of the episodes she appears in on the boat along the Thames have been shot, so her suspension didn’t cause any chaos to the soap’s big birthday week.’
The insider also claimed that Jessie won’t be included in celebrations held behind the scenes.
EastEnders declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline. MailOnline has contacted Jessie Wallace’s representatives for comment.
Jessie previously hit disciplinary trouble when she arrived ‘drunk’ at the British Soap Awards in June 2018.
She was ‘ordered home’ and left before the ceremony held at The Lowry in Salford had started.
Oh dear: It was reported on Saturday, the soap star was hauled into a crisis meeting with show bosses after being drunk on set (pictured last February)
An insider told The Sun at the time: ‘Jessie was an absolute mess last year. She completely over-cooked it at the pre-drinks and had to be sent home.’
Jessie’s ‘inebriated’ state prompted fears that she could be returning to the hard-partying ways that almost derailed her career in the mid-2000’s.
In 2003 the actress was banned from the road for three years and fined £1,000 for drink driving.
She was one and a half times over the drink drive limit after her Mercedes was stopped by police officers in Chelmsford.
The Enfield native was previously banned from the road for 15 months some five-years earlier for failing to take a breathalyser test.