Soap queen Jessie is now a fairy godmother

Jessie Wallace to star in this year's White Rock Panto
Jessie Wallace to star in this year's White Rock Panto

Jessie Wallace, who makes her pantomime debut playing the role of Fairy Godmother in the White Rock Theatre’s pantomime Cinderella this winter, made an early visit to Hastings.

Jessie was joined in the grounds of Bannantyne’s hotel by cast members Daisy Steere and Ben McMillan who play Cinderella and Prince Charming. Adding extra magic was the arrival of two white horses pulling a spectacular carriage, complete with coachmen supplied by Drayhorse Shires, Kent. Also in attendance were the Mayor of Hastings; Councillor Bruce Dowling and pantomime sponsors Shades Tiles R Us.

For the past 15 years Jessie has become a national treasure thanks to her performance as Kat Slater in EastEnders, winning numerous awards and legions of fans. Jessie’s other television credits include ITV’s The Bill and Wild at Heart and her critically acclaimed leading role in Miss Marie Lloyd - Queen Of the Music Hall. In 2008 she also took part in Strictly Come Dancing.

Executive producer of Cinderella, Daryl Back, said: “We are delighted Jessie will be joining the cast of our spectacular pantomime Cinderella in Hastings. Jessie is such a popular face on television we’re thrilled she’ll be joining us in pantoland and giving audiences at the White Rock her take on The Fairy Godmother.”

Cinderella runs from December 11-27. For tickets and more information visit or call the box office on 01424 462 288,