EastEnders: Jessie Wallace’s Magical Change <3 ( Exclusive).
EASTENDERS’ Kat Slater star Jessie Wallace has a brand new look – and there’s not even a whiff of leopardprint.
The 51-year-old looks almost unrecognisable compared to her character after a major makeover.
Jessie posted a picture of her with a much shorter haircut and glasses in a simple black T-shirt.
EastEnders fans were bowled over, with one writing: “I love your new haircut and glasses! You look great!”
Another said: “Wow your hair really suits you and actually ,akes you look younger” while several called it “cute”.
Another asked Jessie, referring to her co-star Letitia Dean: “Are you and Shazza Watts drinking a magic potion? How do you stay so youthful and gorgeous?”
The actress credited her acclaimed hairdresser Lino Carbosiero, 58, for the cut in the caption on Instagram referring to him as “the scissorhands magician”.
She added that her black and white Nimmo top was a tribute to the electronic music group. Jessie wrote: “Rocking my new T-shirt from the coolest band.”
One fan joked, referring to the decades of heartache and drama Kat has endured on EastEnders: “You look marvellous for all the stress your character carries!”
The Sun revealed last month that Jessie and carpenter boyfriend Justin Gallwey, 50, are getting married after at least a year together.
Pals said the actress would be inviting her friends on the BBC soap, including Alfie Moon star Shane Ritchie.
A source said: “Jessie is over the moon about her engagement and is starting to put plans in place for her wedding.”
Jessie has had a string of boyfriends over the years but never been married.
She was set to get hitched at a £300,000 star-studded ceremony in 2011 to fiance Vincent Morse before it was called off at the last minute.
But she is said to have told pals she is ready to settle down with Justin and marry. A source explained: “Jessie has been proudly wearing the ring.”