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Inside EastEnders Jean Slater star's life from secret job past to near-death experience

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EastEnders favourite Gillian Wright has been entertaining the nation as Jean Slater on and off for 18 years.Stacey and Sean's mum first appeared in 2004 and was only meant to appear in one episode.However, BBC bosses brought her back for more episodes later in the year and she's been a regular resident in Albert Square ever since.

Gillian's acting portfolio stretches further than just Jean Slater despite not starting her acting career until she was in her thirties.Her personal life has been filled with ups and downs as well, even including a near brush with death.As Jean faces time in prison being arrested for drugs possession, Daily Star has taken a sneak peek into Gillian's life away from Walford.

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