Where EastEnders’ Slater family stars are now including Hayley actress B&M job
Where would the BBC’s hit soap EastEnders be without the famous Slater family?
The iconic Slator clan made their stamp on the popular TV show to replace the Italian Di Marco family.
Sisters Zoe, Kat, Little Mo and Lynne all moved into the Square with their father Cabbie Charlie, played by Derek Martin.
This soared Derek and actresses, Elaine Jordan, Kacey Ainsworth, Michelle Ryan and Jessie Wallace to fame.
In 2000 Lynne’s husband Garry Hobbs, played by Ricky Groves, was also brought on the scene and became a much-loved character on the show along with Hayley Slater in 2018, played by Katie Jarvis, who was the cousin of Kat.
We take a look at where the legendary stars are now…
Jessie Wallace – Kat
Someone we all remember from her time in the Slater family is, Kat, played by Jessie Wallace.
The actress, 50, joined the soap in 2000 as Alfie Moon's girlfriend until 2005.
In 2005 the actress, 50, decided to take a five-year time out from the show and reprised the role in 2010 alongside Shane Richie.
The iconic star departed the show in 2015 before she returned to Walford in 2018. However Jessie was suspended from the soap in early 2020 after an 'incident' during filming.
In real life Jessie is mum to her 17 year old daughter Tallulah, who she shares with her policeman ex, Dave Morgan.
Ricky Groves – Garry
Before his time as an actor, Ricky, who played mechanic Gary, was in fact a chef for 15 years.
After coming into the Square as Lynne’s husband, he left the Square in 2009 after sailing away with his lover, Dawn Swann.
Since leaving EastEnders, Ricky, 53, has had a number of TV gigs on shows such as, Celebrity Juice, Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and the movie, The Smoke.
EastEnders stars: Past and present
In life outside the soap, Ricky got hitched to Dragon's Den star Kay Russell in 2015 and the sweet pair enjoyed taking part in a Christmas celebrity special edition of Come Dine With Me that same year.
Prior to his marriage with Kay, the actor was with actress Hannah Waterman, who starred as Ian Beale’s wife at the time, Laura. Ricky made Hannah his first wife in 2006, but their relationship came crashing down when Hannah walked out on him three years later.
Michelle Ryan – Zoe
Who doesn’t remember the famous words of Zoe Slater: "You ain't my muvver!"
Actress Michelle Ryan, 37, was most likely unaware that the four-word line she screamed at her onscreen mum, Kat (who she thought was her sister at the time,) would make soap history.
Walking away from the show in 2005 because Zoe had been framed for murdering Den Watts, Michelle never made a comeback like some of her other co-stars.
Talking to the Bristol Evening Post she said: "I just got quite bored in the end, to be honest. Doing the same thing day in, day out. It's just so boring. I like to jump from different things.”
The departure of Michelle meant that she could throw herself into the movie world as she landed the role of Jamie Sommers in the Hollywood film, Bionic Woman.
Hayley Slater – Katie Jarvis
After her contract with EastEnders ended in 2019, Katie, 30, found a job working in the Romford branch of B&M as a security guard.
The story hit the press as fans praised her for landing such an ordinary job.
Katie, who shares children Lillie Mae, 12, and Alfie, 10, received support from several actors, including EastEnders costar Tamzin Outhwaite, Poirot’s David Suchet and former Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou.
The actor herself then hit back at the coverage, saying that the story left her feeling “degraded”.
"It's the nature of being an actor; gigs come and go, and after my contract with EastEnders ended in February, I found a new job as soon as I could," she said at the time to Grazia.
"Doing work like this is also what keeps me grounded." Katie added: “I’ve got two young kids – Lillie-Mae, 10, and Alfie, eight – and because their dad isn’t in the picture, it’s just me. As long as I’m providing for them, nothing else matters.”
However, the former EastEnders star found time to put her acting talent to use starring in a short film in 2021.
The former Hayley Slater actress played the role of a stressed-out mum trying to make ends meet in the film Take Me.
Take Me was released as a short in 2019 and you can watch the whole thing here.
The 30 year old’s character ends up taking an opportunity to work with a drug dealer in a bid to make enough cash for her son to go on a school trip.
Derek Martin – Charlie
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Dependable Charlie was played by former stunt man, Derek Martin.
Now 88, he broke his collarbone which led him to his role as the happy cabbie on EastEnders.
After playing Charlie for an impressive 11 years, Derek decided to return to the show in 2013 and in 2016.
It was during these times on the Square that Charlie was sadly killed after from a heart attack. Since his EastEnders character was killed off, Derek, has appeared in the likes of Celebrity Coach Trip and Doctor Who.
Much like when Charlie helped his great niece Stacey Branning through depression, in real life Derek’s son has battled with the condition.
Speaking to Lorriane, Derek explained: "It was exactly the same thing. I was going to work. Stacey in the storyline had depression and they couldn't work out what it was.”
"Then I was going home and there was my son, who I had been worried about during the day, suffering from severe depression,” he continued. “I had it fictionally and I had it practically.”
Kacey Ainsworth – Little Mo
Playing the role of Little Mo for six years led talented actress, Kacey Ainsworth, 53, to be crowned Best Actress at the British Soap awards, twice.
After leaving the Square in 2006, last year, Kacey teased fans in hope of her return as she shared a photograph at the set of the soap, which is based in Elstree Studios.
But following a string of acting roles in TV shows including Doctors, Hotel Babylon and Casualty, the soap star more recently landed a spot on Grantchester as Cathy Keating.
In January 2019, Kacey revealed she took a break from her career after discovering that her 13 year old son, Elwood was on the autistic spectrum.
The star also shares a 16 year old daughter called Blossom with her partner, Darren Hales.
Elaine Lordan – Lynne
Following her split with her on-screen hubby, Gary, Elaine Lordan said goodbye to her Eastenders character in 2004.
The first of the Slater family to leave the show, Elaine, 55, said goodbye to her soap star role and later landed a place on I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! a year on.
Sadly, the actress, who’s also appeared in Soapstar Superstar, had to leave the ITV competition due to ill health.
In real life, Elaine was struck with a bunch of personal tragedies, including the heartbreaking loss of her son, James, in 2005, who was born with a diaphragmatic hernia and had only just turned one at the time of his death.
It was just nine years before this that Elaine’s mum Bernadette died at the age of 62.
Elaine transitioned from an actress into an author when she wrote the book, Whatever It Takes: A Story of Family Survival, where she opened up about her mum's suicide.
Devastatingly, in 2007 the star found out she was expecting again but lost the baby after suffering from a miscarriage.
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