Eastenders actress Jessie Wallace has broken cover following her arrest outside a nightclub over the weekend, as BBC bosses issue her with a ‘clear warning’.
The star was seen for the first time since the incident leaving North London home today, getting into a black car while wearing dark sunglasses.
BBC chiefs have confirmed that she will be able to keep her job, after speculation over her future, with the star expressing ‘her deep regret’.
Jessie, who is best known for playing barmaid Kat Slater, is said to have ‘told a police officer to ‘f*** off you fat c***’ during five minutes of carnage’ in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.
She is also accused of kneeing the officer in the groin during the incident, leaving him on his knees in agony.
Footage released last night showed the moment Wallace was detained following a ‘drunken’ night out, with witnesses claiming she had been kicked out of Flex nightclub for being ‘gobby’.
The actress was released without charge after receiving a conditional caution, and has now been seen for the first time since the incident.
Wearing large sunglasses to cover her face, with her hair up in a ponytail the actress tried to keep a low profile while getting into her vehicle.
Eastenders actress Jessie Wallace was seen leaving her London home this morning after she was arrested at a nightclub over the weekend
The actress was wearing large sunglasses to cover her face, with her hair up in a ponytail the actress tried to keep a low profile while getting into her vehicle
Eastenders bosses have confirmed that the star will be allowed to keep her job on the soap, as she broke cover for the first time outside of her North London home
The actress was pictured leaving her north London home to go to Elstree Studios, where Eastenders is filmed
Corporation chiefs were ‘concerned’ by the revelations – the latest controversy in a troubled career which saw her suspended from EastEnders just two years ago following an ‘incident while filming’.
A BBC spokesman told MailOnline says: ‘Senior bosses have spoken to Jessie Wallace about the incident and issued a clear warning that this kind of behaviour is unacceptable and Jessie has expressed her deep regret.’
This incident is the latest in a series of troubles for Wallace, who has been suspended from work before, with reports claiming she was boozing on set in 2020, forcing bosses to write her out of a number of episodes.
She was also found guilty of drink driving in 2003, which resulted in a £1,000 fine and a three-year ban from sitting behind the wheel.
Video has emerged of EastEnders actress Jessie Wallace being arrested outside a nightclub
The star, who is known for playing Kat Slater in the BBC soap, was detained in the early hours of Sunday morning on suspicion of assaulting a police officer as well as drunk and disorderly conduct in Bury St Edmunds
Footage shows the star, best known for playing Kat Slater in the BBC soap, being arrested by officers outside a Burger King in Bury St Edmunds, in the early hours of Sunday
She was later released without charge by Suffolk Police after receiving a conditional caution. A Suffolk Police spokesman told MailOnline today: ‘A 50-year-old woman was arrested early on Sunday morning in St Andrew’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, on suspicion of assaulting a police officer / drunk and disorderly conduct and was released without charge after receiving a conditional caution.’
Wallace was out at Flex nightclub at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk on Saturday night (file picture)
Wallace also suffered heartbreak in 2011 as she called off her wedding to fiancé Vincent Morse after he allegedly sent his ex-girlfriend an explicit picture of the soap star.
During the incident on Sunday, it is claimed she kneed the officer in the groin before she was arrested and placed into a police van.
Earlier in the day Wallace had been with her new builder boyfriend watching a Madness gig at Thetford Forest, Brandon – where she posed for photographs with fans.
The star was later detained on suspicion of assaulting a police officer as well as drunk and disorderly conduct.
A witness said: ‘It was truly shocking behaviour. She was out of control. It was worse than anything Kat Slater has done.
‘She was a one-woman rampage. It was five minutes of carnage. The police dealt with it very well.’
But she was later released without charge by Suffolk Police after receiving a conditional caution.
On Monday a Suffolk Police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘A 50-year-old woman was arrested early on Sunday morning in St Andrew’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, on suspicion of assaulting a police officer/drunk and disorderly conduct and was released without charge after receiving a conditional caution.’
The force would not confirm she was arrested, while neither her agent nor manager responded to a request for comment. The arrest was first reported by The Sun.
One witness told MailOnline how Wallace was arrested after being kicked-out of the club for being ‘gobby’.
The witness said: ‘She was acting very drunken disorderly, assaulting police officers and swearing constantly.
‘She then went on to shout out, ‘I hope this is all entertainment for you c***s’, whilst barging through the middle of our group. She then ended up banging on the door of the police wagon she was in.
‘Bouncers had chucked her out due to how gobby and annoying she was being to others.’
Earlier this month, Wallace was pictured outside a party in Hackney after the British Soap Awards.
The star was wearing a glitzy top with bright white trousers and no shoes as she left the party in east London.
It comes after Wallace revealed she had been dating her builder boyfriend for a year.
It was previously reported that Wallace had fallen for the workman after booking him for a job, but the star has since clarified they’ve known each other far longer.
In May, she shared an Instagram that they had known each other for 34 years before commencing their romance.
Predicting that it will be a long-term union, a source told The Mirror: ‘It’s like a plotline from the soap – a classic Kat escapade. Jessie seems to be over the moon.’
The NTA winner laughed up a storm as she chatted with him in the Transit in May.
She split with her last boyfriend, father of five Paul Kempin in 2019 after a two year relationship and, before that, was dumped by musician Tim Arnold in 2016.
Wallace had been dating the singer since 2012, but he claimed to have become ‘tired’ of the limelight at the time.
Before she began a relationship with Tim, the award-winning actress was engaged to catering boss Vince Morse, but she called off their wedding after she found out he’d sent raunchy texts to a former lover the night before their wedding day.
Wallace, originally from Enfield, north London, joined EastEnders in 2000 having featured in The Bill a year earlier.
She played the role of barmaid Kat Slater, the partner of popular character Alfie Moon – played by Shane Richie. She quickly became a fan favourite.
The pair had a five-year break from the screen before returning in the autumn of 2010 for another stint on the popular soap.
They left again for six months in 2015 to film their own BBC One drama, Kat & Alfie: Redwater.
Earlier in the day Wallace had been with her new builder boyfriend watching a Madness gig (pictured) at Thetford Forest, Brandon – where she posed for photographs with fans
In May, she shared an Instagram that her and her boyfriend (pictured together at the Madness concert) had known each other for 34 years before commencing their romance
Dating: The EastEnders star shared on Instagram that they had known each other for 34 years before commencing their romance
Her man: It was previously reported that Jessie fell for the workman after booking him for a job, but the star has since clarified they’ve known each other far longer
Jessie Wallace outside a party in Hackney after the British Soap Awards in London on June 11
Jessie Wallace (left) at a party in Hackney after the British Soap Awards in London on June 11
Jessie Wallace, pictured at the National Television Awards at The O2 in London in January 2019
Wallace is known for playing Kat Slater in the BBC soap EastEnders (pictured in August 2021)
In the series Kate and Alfie go to the fiction Irish town of Redwater to ‘search for answers to some very big questions’ and put their past behind them.
After the six-part drama, Wallace returned to EastEnders as Kat in 2018.
In early 2020, Wallace was suspended from EastEnders again by the BBC, with a two-month suspension incurred due to an ‘incident while filming’.
She was said to have been summoned to a meeting with bosses of the show who ordered her to ‘sort herself out’ before returning.
It is not the first time Wallace has had a run-in with the law. She was banned from driving for three years and fined £1,000 in 2003 for an offence of drink driving.
Police stopped the then 32-year-old in Chelmsford, Essex, in March after she was caught breaking the speed limit in her £32,000 silver Mercedes.
She was one and a half times the legal limit, with tests revealing 51mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Wallace claimed she had been drinking wine, which someone had ‘laced’ with vodka. However a judge rejected her claim and banned her for three years.
A three-year ban was imposed because it was her second drink-related driving offence.
The actress recently became a grandmother after her 17-year-old daughter Tallulah gave birth to a boy.