Former EastEnders’ star Jessie Wallace has apparently admitted she fears being typecast as the ‘working class London’ woman and longs to get her teeth into other roles.

The actress, who shot to fame as Kat Slater in EastEnders, is back on our TV screens tonight as Edwardian entertainer Marie Lloyd in BBC Four’s Miss Marie Lloyd: The Queen Of The Music Hall.

But she told The Guardian: “I don’t just want to do the working class London thing. I’m good at accents and I want to show what range I’ve got. There’s loads I want to do. I never want to stop working. I want to do everything.”

Jessie added that she loved playing Marie and says she identified with her feisty character.

“She wouldn’t put up with any crap from blokes and she loved showing a bit of ankle. The press couldn’t get enough of her but she didn’t give a s**t,” she said.

Last year the voluptuous actress famously turned down a reported £1 million offer to write her own autobiography, because she’d had too much attention from the press, she says.

“I was sick of hearing about everything I’d done and was supposed to have done. It’s in the past. It don’t matter.

“The thing is, I don’t want to talk about my private life. It may look like I do but I don’t. It’s everyone else that’s talking about it,” she added.