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08/09/2015 10:55 BST | Updated 08/09/2015 11:59 BST

'EastEnders' Star Jessie Wallace Closes Down Her Company, Following Massive Unpaid Tax Bill

EastEnders’ star Jessie Wallace has closed down her company, after being hit with a £60,000 unpaid tax bill.

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The actress, who plays Kat Moon on the BBC soap, signed over her firm Thatchers Promotions Ltd to liquidators last September, after owing HMRC £59,000 in unpaid tax and a further £1,500 in fees.

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Jessie Wallace

According to The Sun, the debt has not yet been cleared, despite Jessie signing a new TV deal to film a Kat and Alfie spin-off show from ‘EastEnders’.

Jessie set the company up under her real name, Karen Jane Wallace, to handle her earnings.

She was last seen on screen as Kat in May, when she and husband Alfie (Shane Richie) discovered they had won £1m on the lottery.

The couple soon left for Spain for a new life together, while Alfie was hiding news that he’d been diagnosed with a brain tumour from his wife.

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Jessie and Shane as Kat and Alfie

Next year, the pair will be starring in their own spin-off series, which will reveal how Kat and Alfie traded life in Spain to open a bar in Ireland.

EastEnders boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins teased: “My team here are very excited about creating a whole new drama that stands apart from ‘EastEnders’ while taking our style of storytelling to a place of stories, myth, secrets and immeasurable beauty.”

The six-part series will be filmed later this year, and it will also be written by the ‘EastEnders’ team.

Each episode will be an hour-long, and the series is due to hit screens in 2016, before Kat and Alfie return to Walford.

During Jessie and Shane’s break from ‘EastEnders’, they will also be treading the boards on stage together.

It’s been confirmed that they will play married couple Victor and Joan Smiley, in the dark comedy ‘The Perfect Murder’, which starts at Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre on 2 February 2016, before going on a UK tour.

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