Kat Slater Returning to Eastenders
Actress Jessie Wallace, 38, has signed a one-year deal with the Beeb to revive the role.
Shane Richie, who played her on screen hubby Alfie Moon, put his name to a similar contract earlier this week.
Kat and Alfie left the show in 2005, jumping on a jumbo jet for a new life in the USA. They are expected back in Walford in Autumn.
The sassiest Slater sister first appeared on the show in 2000 and was at the centre of a major storyline involving Zoe Slater. It was revealed Kat was in fact Zoe’s mum, not her sister.
After her departure from the soap, Jessie has had roles in ITV1’s Wild at Heart and competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.
Jessie said: “I am excited to slip back into Kat’s stilettos. I’ve missed her.”
Shane said: “More than anything, I’m looking forward to getting my face covered in Kat’s lipstick again!”