Jessie Wallace was born Karen Jane Wallace on 25 September, 1971 in Enfield, London. She is an English actress who is better known for her portrayal of Kat Slater in the BBC soap EastEnders, making her debut in the programme in 2000. In 2010, she portrayed Patricia Phoenix in the seventy-five minute television movie The Road to Coronation Street, which dramatised the creation of the show. She received a BAFTA TV nomination for Best Supporting Actress in this role. Wallace continues as Kat Slater for the 2017 spin-off, Kat and Alfie: Redwater.