Jessie Wallace confirms engagement!

Jessie Wallace is engaged to Justin Gallwey
(C) Jessie Wallace/Instagram credit:Bang Showbiz
Jessie Wallace is engaged to Justin Gallwey (C) Jessie Wallace/Instagram credit:Bang Showbiz

Jessie Wallace has confirmed that she is engaged.

The 51-year-old actress - who is best known for having starred as Kat Slater on the BBC soap opera 'Eastenders' since 2000 - started dating carpenter Justin Gallwey, 50, last year and the pair were rumoured to be set to tie the knot after she was spotted wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring earlier this month but took to social media on Sunday (19.02.23) to confirm the news herself.

Alongside a snap of herself and Justin enjoying a day out, she wrote on Instagram: "My fiancé and moi. [heart emoji]."

Several famous faces rushed to congratulate Jessie on the news, with former 'EastEnders' co-star Tamzin Outhwaite writing: "congratulations darling. Happy days ahead which you deserve"(sic) whilst Lacey Turner - who plays Stacey Slater on the BBC soap opera - simply left two heart emojis in the comments section.

'Emmerdale' actress Lisa Riley wrote "CONGRATULATIONS great news [yellow heart emoji]" and soap script writer Daran Little said: "Oh I love this!!!! Look at the gorgeous happy face! And yours ain’t so bad either!"(sic)

Justin - who is thought to have met Jessie when they were teenagers - previously hinted that an engagement could be on the cards when the actress was seen modelling costume jewellery on her social media.

He commented: "See I told you you would have a ring on that finger by the end of the year!"

Just last year, Jessie was issued a "clear warning" by 'EastEnders' bosses after she was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and drunk and disorderly conduct and shortly after, Justin spoke out in support of his significant other as he insisted everything was "good" between them.

He said: "'I have made my apologies and so has Jessie. I just want to protect her. Everything is happy and things are good! Our relationship is fine. We are very close."

Following the alleged incident, Jessie - who sparked rumours she may have already tied the knot with Justin when she casually referred to him as "My hubby" on Instagram but later dismissed the rumours - is said to have expressed "deep regret" over her actions and is aware that her behaviour was "unacceptable."