Former soap star actress Jessie Wallace is on her way to South Africa to join the cast of ITV’s Sunday night ratings winner Wild At Heart. Of course, Wallace is best known for her role as Kat Slater in Eastenders, but Jessie will be trying out her stilettos in the African bush as Essex girl Amy Kriel. Jessie says: “I’m so excited about filming with such a lovely cast and I can’t wait to get started. Filming in South Africa with its variety of wild animals will be a whole new experience for me and the role of Amy is like nothing I have played before.”
During this series Amy (Wallace) lands in South Africa to be with her husband Elliott Kriel, who has recently bought Mara the upmarket safari park next door to Leopard’s Den. However, Amy isn’t impressed by the dusty reality of small town South Africa and longs for the bright lights of home – until she meets Sarah.
Nick Goding, producer, explains: “Amy is disenchanted with her new surroundings from the start but latches onto Sarah as her new best friend. Sarah is resistant at first but then Amy’s love of 21st century womanhood draws her in and she realises what a breath of fresh air Amy really is.”
Jessie will start filming alongside Wild At Heart regulars Stephen Tompkinson (Danny Trevanion), Amanda Holden (Sarah), Lucy-Jo Hudson (Rosie) and Hayley Mills (Caroline) later this summer for a third series to be screened on ITV early next year. [Mof Gimmers]
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