Show boss John Yorke – who was instrumental in creating the Slater clan and masterminded the soap’s famous “You ain’t my mother!” cliffhanger – has signed Wallace back up for a fresh stint on EastEnders.
The news should please devotees left with unanswered questions after Kat was seen at sea battling with killer priest son Dermott, only for the axe to then fall on Redwater following disappointing ratings.
EastEnders isn’t commenting on Wallace’s return nor offering word as to whether husband Alfie (Shane Richie), nan Mo (Laila Morse) or even daughter Zoe (Michelle Ryan) will be joining Kat, but a source told The Sun:
“John [Yorke] loves the Slaters. A lot of people thought he might bring some of them back. He believes they’re long-standing favourites who should be at the heart of the show and thinks Kat’s return will be a hit.”
Kat and Alfie were last seen on EastEnders in 2016 when they left London for Spain after winning big on a scratch card, only to then resurface two years later in Ireland for the six-part Redwater.
Jessie Wallace is currently starring in the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, but is expected to be back on the set of EastEnders in early 2018.
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