EastEnders star Jessie Wallace finds love again with former crack addict Tim Arnold
08:45 GMT, 15 May 2012
Her love life was left in shreds last year when she split from her fianc on the eve of their wedding.
But Jessie Wallace has recovered from her heartache and found love again – with a former crack addict.
The actress is dating musician Tim Arnold, who is the godson of her co-star June Brown who plays Dot Cotton, and is said to be inseparable from him.
New love: EastEnders star Jessie Walllace has found love again with former crack addict Tim Arnold
The couple were snapped out in central London this weekend sitting outside a cafe kissing and hugging.
And friends of Wallace, 40, told The Mirror that she is 'head over heels' in love with Arnold, 36.
One said: 'It’s early days but you can see how much she’s into him. He is a thoroughly decent bloke, too, so it’s a great match.'
Arnold, who is the son of Polly Perkins who plays June Brown's sister Rose in the soap, reportedly nearly died after spending 500 on a drug binge.
He is believed to have met Wallace at the Soap Awards last month.
Recovery: Tim Arnold with the monks from Thailands Thamkrabok monastery who helped him beat his drug addiction.
Tim, who has been clean for nine years, is close to his godmother who once paid for a three-week trip for him to attend Thailand’s Thamkrabok
monastery where monks treated him for his for his addiction.
Brown once said: 'Tim had got to the point where all of us feared he might die.
'His skin wasn’t very good, his teeth
were discoloured and his nature changed. He became deceitful, because he
was always lying, trying to get money to feed his habit.'
She added that he would pretend to hold himself together while recording in the studios during the day but would then roam the streets at night on the hunt for drugs.
Heartbreak: Jessie and ex-fianc Vince Morse who she dumped on the eve of their wedding last August
And he said: 'I had become a crack addict at the age of 19 but after several years, I knew I needed help to quit.
'I realised I was killing myself, or rather my soul. But I didn’t care. I felt I wasn’t worth anything.'
Jessie broke up with her former fianc Vince Morse last August after he sent sexy pictures of her to ex-girlfriend Karen Short and called off their 300,000 wedding.
She fled to Crete with a friend and was given six months off from EastEnders, on which she plays Queen Victoria pub landlady Kat Moon, wife of Alfie, played by Shane Richie.
Just friends: Raymond Lister, the builder that last week was reportedly dating Jessie
While she was on her break, Vince appeared on This Morning to bed her forgiveness and make a public apology in an attempt to win her back.
It was reported last week that she was dating builder Raymond Lister after they were spotted on a string of dates at their local pubs in Surrey.
asked about Wallace, Lister played down the nature of their
relationship, telling the Daily Star Sunday: 'She is a friend. That’s
all I know.'
Landlady: Jessie as Kat Moon with on-screen husband Alfie played by Shane Richie