Inside Jessie Wallace's 50th birthday celebrations with hampers, balloons and bargain hunting

Inside Jessie Wallace's 50th birthday celebrations with hampers, balloons and bargain hunting

EASTENDERS star Jessie Wallace celebrated her 50th birthday in style with a huge hamper, balloons and even treated herself to a bargain.

The actress – who plays Kat Slater in the BBC soap – hit the milestone today.

Jessie, 50, took to Instagram to show off all the bits and pieces she got on her special day.

Her living room was decorated with huge rose gold number 50 balloons and she bought herself two vases from her favourite junk shop for £15.

She shared a snap of the balloons facing the wrong way and captioned the post: "I don’t mind mind being 20 again! 😆."

Fans flocked to the comments section to send their wishes.

One wrote: "Happy birthday 🥳."

Another said: "Congratulations on your 50th birthday Jessie! My birthday today too! 🎉🎂🎈🍾🥂 Xx."

A third added: "You don’t look a day older 😍xx."

Co-star Shona McGarty, who plays Whitney Dean in the hit show, also gave her a huge box of goodies.

She said: "Thank you my darling @shonabmx for my gorgeous birthday hamper! Love you soooooo much ❤️💋❤️."

Shona replied: "Happy birthday my darling friend ❤️ Love you always xxxxxx."

It comes after fans were shocked after Jessie revealed her real-life age.

On Thursday she posted a pic of herself holding a card reading "Happy 50th birthday" which featured the stars of vintage sitcom The Young Ones.

The EastEnders favourite added: "Thank you! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼✌🏼not so young anymore eh? 😆."

But many insisted she looked much younger than her years, with one telling her: "You don't look 50 happy birthday xxx."

Another wrote: "No way you are 50! 🔥🙌 happy birthday 🥳."

Jessie joined the soap in 2000 and played Kat for five years before taking a break.

She returned in 2010 for six years, then rejoined again in 2018 and has been on the show ever since.

Her alter-ego is currently in a custody battle with Janine Butcher over Janine's daughter Scarlett, nine.

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