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EastEnders’ Jessie Wallace cradles two drinks and puts on an animated display at the pub

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She recently returned to EastEnders filming after being suspended in January for reportedly ‘boozing on set’.

And Jessie Wallace was seen putting on an animated display as she enjoyed a big drinking session at a pub in north London last Sunday.

The actress, 48, who is known for playing Kat Slater on the BBC soap, cradled two gin and tonics as she walked outside and was seen knocking back several drinks.

Having fun: Jessie Wallace, 48, was full of smiles as she enjoyed some drinks at a pub in north London last Sunday

Having fun: Jessie Wallace, 48, was full of smiles as she enjoyed some drinks at a pub in north London last Sunday

During the afternoon Jessie was seen laughing and joking with pals and her daughter Tallulah, 14, as they all sat around a table outside.   

An onlooker told The Sun Online: ‘Jessie was on cracking form – she was tucking into the drinks, and generously getting the rounds in. 

‘At one point she couldn’t even wait to get back to her table, and just nailed her drink standing up on the street.’ 

Jessie donned a polka-dot dress for the outing which she paired with a light denim jacket and some black slide on shoes. 

Getting the round in: The actress cradles two gin and tonics as she stepped outside the pub

Getting the round in: The actress cradles two gin and tonics as she stepped outside the pub

Smile: She laughed as she sipped on one drink while chatting with pals before jumping up

What's happening? Jessie stood up and shouted at someone across the table

Smile: She laughed as she sipped on one drink while chatting with pals before jumping up

Hold on: On the way back outside with fresh supplies, Jessie grabbed onto the door frame for some support

Hold on: On the way back outside with fresh supplies, Jessie grabbed onto the door frame for some support

She completed her ensemble with a green bucket hat which had a silver Chanel broach attached to the side.   

It comes after Jessie returned to filming in Walford months after she was suspended for reportedly appearing drunk on set during filming.

The actress, who has played fiery Kat on and off for nearly two decades, was temporarily written out of storylines after her behaviour was ‘called into question’.  

A source told the Sun Online that Jessie’s recent outing to the pub is unlikely to land her in any trouble with her bosses.

Back together: An onlooker said 'Jessie was on cracking form' during the afternoon

Back together: An onlooker said ‘Jessie was on cracking form’ during the afternoon

Watch out: The actress appeared to grab at something on her teenage daughter's face

Watch out: The actress appeared to grab at something on her teenage daughter’s face

Sweet: Tallulah smiled as her mother stroked her face while they sat outside

Sweet: Tallulah smiled as her mother stroked her face while they sat outside

There she goes: At one point Jessie got up onto her feet and looked like she was dancing

Sip: Jessie paused to have a swig of her drink

There she goes: At one point Jessie got up onto her feet and looked like she was dancing

They said: ‘Jessie was socialising in her free time, and has reported to work as normal so she will not need to be spoken to.’ 

It had been claimed that Jessie was hauled into a crisis meeting with show bosses, who were said to have suspended her for two months, ordering her to ‘sort herself out’ before returning. 

A source told The Mirror: ‘Bosses were left with no choice but to discipline her. During the meeting she was told to sort herself out before returning to work.’ 

They added that series chiefs were relieved that Jessie had already filmed her scenes on the River Thames for the soap’s 35th Anniversary Special which subsequently aired on February 19. 

Joker: The star couldn't contain her smiles as she made gestures with her hands

Joker: The star couldn’t contain her smiles as she made gestures with her hands

Animated: Jessie pulled a series of funny faces as she made the most of lockdown restrictions easing last weekend

Animated: Jessie pulled a series of funny faces as she made the most of lockdown restrictions easing last weekend

Not impressed? Something appeared to have annoyed the actress during her conversation

Maybe not? Jessie didn't appear to be in agreement as her pal showed her a menu

Not impressed? Something appeared to have annoyed the actress during her conversation

Snack time: Jessie picked something out of her teeth

Yum: The actress tucked into a snack during the drinking session

Snack time: Jessie picked something out of her teeth (left) and tucked into a snack (right)

All smiles: The actress appeared to be having fun as she sipped on a cold drink and caught up with friends

All smiles: The actress appeared to be having fun as she sipped on a cold drink and caught up with friends

Fashion: She donned a light denim jacket over her polka-dot dress

Fashion: She donned a light denim jacket over her polka-dot dress

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.’ 

Filming of the beloved TV soap opera resumed last month, but it is unclear when new episodes will air.  

Those on set now have to follow new social distancing guidelines in accordance with government regulation so that they are able to return safely amid the crisis. 

Style: Jessie donned a polka-dot dress for the outing which she paired with a light denim jacket and some black slide on shoes

Style: Jessie donned a polka-dot dress for the outing which she paired with a light denim jacket and some black slide on shoes

Style: Jessie wore her long dark locks down for the outing and accessorised with a silver necklace

Style: Jessie wore her long dark locks down for the outing and accessorised with a silver necklace 

Lean in: The actress pulled one of her pals closer as they laughed at the table

Lean in: The actress pulled one of her pals closer as they laughed at the table

Little touches: She donned a green bucket hat with a Chanel broach on for some of the evening

Little touches: She donned a green bucket hat with a Chanel broach on for some of the evening

Hitting the streets: Jessie's pal wore a bright yellow jumper as they enjoyed some drinks

Hitting the streets: Jessie’s pal wore a bright yellow jumper as they enjoyed some drinks

And one way set designers have found to manage this is by turning Albert Square’s central patch of grass into a beer garden.

Fans are anticipating the show returning several weeks down the line, as the programme aired its final episode earlier this month after running out of episodes due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The hit BBC One soap is keeping loyal viewers in suspense as they ended the show with a dramatic Sharon Mitchell cliffhanger.

The popular programme is set to return to the BBC with 20-minute episodes, four days a week. 

Relaxed: The star has recently returned to filming EastEnders after she was suspended for reportedly drinking on set

Relaxed: The star has recently returned to filming EastEnders after she was suspended for reportedly drinking on set

Dinner: Jessie's daughter Tallulah joined her outside as she snacked on some food

Dinner: Jessie’s daughter Tallulah joined her outside as she snacked on some food

Chilled: Jessie was joined at the table by a handful of friends, with the group laughing throughout the afternoon

Chilled: Jessie was joined at the table by a handful of friends, with the group laughing throughout the afternoon

Chatting away: The group appeared to be deep in conversation as they sat outside

Chatting away: The group appeared to be deep in conversation as they sat outside

Getting close: At one point Jessie pulled her pal in close

Getting close: At one point Jessie pulled her pal in close

Support: Jessie's pal placed her hand on the actresses face as they spoke away from the table

Support: Jessie’s pal placed her hand on the actresses face as they spoke away from the table

Laughs: Everyone appeared to be having a good time as they caught up

Laughs: Everyone appeared to be having a good time as they caught up 

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