Ex-EastEnders star Katie Jarvis ‘arrested for drunken pub fight and being racially abusive’

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Former EastEnders actress Katie Jarvis was allegedly arrested on a seafront in Essex on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence following a pub brawl.

The mother-of-two, 29, was claimed by The Sun to have been involved in the fight on Friday evening in Southend-on-Sea after the hottest day of the year so far.

One video showed five black women scuffling with a white woman, after she allegedly called one of them a ‘f***ing black c***,’ and yelled ‘f*** Black Lives Matter.’

The clip filmed by a bystander saw the group of women brawling in the drinking area outside the Papillon pub on the seafront, before it spilled out onto the street.

A second video appeared to show the white woman, said to be Jarvis, shouting ‘you dirty black c***s – end of’ and swearing at the group as she was escorted away.

Southend was one of many seafronts across southern England packed with revellers last Friday as temperatures hit 100F (37.8C) on the third hottest day in UK history.

Former EastEnders actress Katie Jarvis is said to have been arrested following a pub brawl on Southend seafront in Essex on Friday night

The video was shot by a bystander on their phone and sees five black women scuffling with a white woman, after she reportedly called one of them a 'f***ing black c***'

The video was shot by a bystander on their phone and sees five black women scuffling with a white woman, after she reportedly called one of them a ‘f***ing black c***’

The clip sees the group of women brawling outside the Papillon pub in Southend on Friday

The clip sees the group of women brawling outside the Papillon pub in Southend on Friday

The video, which was reported on by local newspaper The Chelmsford & Mid-Essex Times, was posted to Facebook and has been viewed more than 20,000 times,

An Essex Police spokesman said: ‘A 29-year old woman was arrested on Friday, July 31 just after 10.05pm following reports of a disturbance in Marine Parade, Southend.

Actress Katie Jarvis appaers at the British Independent Film Awards in London in 2009

‘She has been arrested on suspicion of assault and racially aggravated public order. She has been released on bail until Friday, August 21.’

MailOnline has contacted Jarvis’s representative for comment. 

The clip sees the women screaming at one another as they stumble into the street towards the road.

The pub’s sign is pushed over and punters are seen dodging out the way as the group of women repeatedly strike the woman, believed to be Jarvis.

The sounds of glasses smashing can be heard as another woman attempts to break the fight up, with a man then getting involved. At this point, the police pull up in a van to intervene.

Jarvis was said to have been identified by a witness who said they heard the woman yell ‘I’m a famous actress!’ as her friends chimed in with: ‘She’s Hayley Slater from EastEnders!’ 

It’s understood that the row began when Jarvis took a chair from the table the group of women were sitting at.

A witness claimed: ‘I couldn’t believe it. Police arrested her and Katie was saying ‘I haven’t done anything wrong!”

Dagenham-born Jarvis has two children – Lillie Mae, 11, and Alfie, eight. 

She was involved in a bar brawl in March 2019, when she was ‘glassed by a drunken Irish man’ on a night out in London. 

Jarvis played Hayley Slater in the BBC's EastEnders, pictured in an episode in October 2018

Jarvis played Hayley Slater in the BBC’s EastEnders, pictured in an episode in October 2018 

She was treated by medical staff after the attack, said to have been out in Romford when she was attacked.

At the time, Jarvis tweeted her thanks to the Metropolitan Police for ‘looking after’ her.

She said: ‘Big thank you to the Met Police tonight and ambulance service for looking after me after I was glassed by a drunken Irish man for f*** all.’

However, she later deleted the tweet after fans spotted it and asked after her well-being. She later posted: ‘Thanks lovely lot I’m good as gold.’

She then thanked fans and sent out a tweet to ‘put minds at rest’, posting: ‘OK to put people’s minds, and questions to rest. 

Jarvis (pictured in EastEnders) was involved in a bar brawl in March 2019 in London

Jarvis (pictured in EastEnders) was involved in a bar brawl in March 2019 in London

After this, she sent a message to fans to reassure them that she was OK after the incident

After this, she sent a message to fans to reassure them that she was OK after the incident

‘I am absolutely fine thank you so much for all your concern and checking in on me but i’m a soldier and been through a hell of a lot worse.

‘Now you can start focusing your concerns on some real news. Love you all xx’ 

According to The Mirror her agent refused to discuss that incident.

She said: ‘I have no comment to make to any newspaper on any subject to do with anything. Whatever it is I don’t want to hear.’

She made headlines last year when it was revealed she had become a security guard at bargain store B&M in Romford, East London, after her departure from EastEnders.

Jarvis joined Eastenders in 2018 as the cousin of Kat Slater [Jessie Wallace]. One of her storylines saw her have an affair with Kat's husband Alfie Moon [Shane Richie] while they lived in Spain with Kat and their children

Jarvis joined Eastenders in 2018 as the cousin of Kat Slater [Jessie Wallace]. One of her storylines saw her have an affair with Kat’s husband Alfie Moon [Shane Richie] while they lived in Spain with Kat and their children

Jarvis is pictured in EastEnders with Shane Richie (playing Alfie Moon) in November 2018

Jarvis is pictured in EastEnders with Shane Richie (playing Alfie Moon) in November 2018 

She was pictured outside the store on a break last October, having a coffee and a cigarette, leading to much attention from soap fans.

She then appeared on Victoria Derbyshire’s BBC show, followed by an interview with Grazia magazine, to admit she had felt ‘hurt and embarrassed’ for being ‘made to feel ashamed for having a normal job’.

She added that she was proud to speak out on behalf of hard-working single mums because providing for her family is paramount to her.

Jarvis said: ‘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. Doing work like this is also what keeps me grounded.’

Jarvis is pictured in bed with Danny Dyer (playing Mick Carter) in EastEnders in May 2018

Jarvis is pictured in bed with Danny Dyer (playing Mick Carter) in EastEnders in May 2018

Dagenham-born Jarvis revealed she ‘crumbled’ and was left in tears after a friend alerted her to the front page news.

But upon reflection and thanks to the support of fellow thespians from Tamzin Outwaite to Nathalie Emmanuel, she is ‘proud’ to have changed the conversation.

‘Their support gave me the strength to speak out and stand up for hard-working people – especially single mums’, she said, and insisted her priority in life is caring for her two children, saying: ‘As long as I’m providing for them, nothing else matters. Everything I do is for them.’

She said she is proud to take on any work she can to ‘keep busy and learn new things’.   

Speaking out: She appeared on Victoria Derbyshire last year to admit she had felt 'hurt and embarrassed' for being 'made to feel ashamed for having a normal job'

Speaking out: She appeared on Victoria Derbyshire last year to admit she had felt ‘hurt and embarrassed’ for being ‘made to feel ashamed for having a normal job’

Jarvis told the programme last year that she was proud to speak out on behalf of hard-working single mothers because providing for her family is paramount to her

Jarvis told the programme last year that she was proud to speak out on behalf of hard-working single mothers because providing for her family is paramount to her

Jarvis pointed that ‘all actors go through it over the years, I’ve had so many jobs in between and not just being a security guard.’

‘At 17 when I got [first movie role] Fish Tank I was doing doughnuts with my uncle at the time at festivals and things like that so I’d go on there and do the food carts,’ she said. ‘I’ve been a waitress, I’ve worked at a credit card company, I’ve done admin, I’ve done all types of things.’

Jarvis added that when she first saw the photos of herself she felt ashamed but is now proud that she’s doing all she can to provide for her family. 

‘One of my sisters she calls me a dabbler because I seem to do a bit of everything and I like to be busy and I like to learn new things, it doesn’t matter what it is,’ she told Derbyshire.

Jarvis's character was last on screen in February 2019 [pictured with co-star Gillian Wright]

Jarvis’s character was last on screen in February 2019 [pictured with co-star Gillian Wright]

Jarvis, from Dagenham, found fame in Hollywood before winning a part in the BBC soap

Jarvis, from Dagenham, found fame in Hollywood before winning a part in the BBC soap

She added: ‘The people I work with there are amazing, they get up every single day, they work hard for their money and it doesn’t matter what job you’re doing, I don’t feel like anyone should be made to feel like how I felt when I woke up do you know what I mean, because I think as long as you’re working that’s all that matters.’

Jarvis said being a security guard isn’t easy and that she actually works alongside her sister at the bargain store, explaining: ‘A lot goes into being a security guard, they put themselves at risk. I took that job on and joined my sister because she’s a security guard there.’ 

Jarvis joined the Eastenders cast in 2018 as the cousin of Kat Slater [Jessie Wallace].

One of her storylines saw her have an affair with Kat’s husband Alfie Moon [Shane Richie] while they lived in Spain with Kat and their children.

Hayley then fell pregnant, giving birth to daughter Cherry.

Stars: Jarvis starred opposite Michael Fassbender in the cult hit Fish Tank

Stars: Jarvis starred opposite Michael Fassbender in the cult hit Fish Tank

BBC bosses were said to be keeping the door open for Jarvis's character to return

 BBC bosses were said to be keeping the door open for Jarvis’s character to return

Dramatic scenes aired over the subsequent Christmas season, leading to a shocking showdown between Hayley, Alfie and Kat. In one scene, Hayley pushed Alfie down a flight of stairs.

Jarvis’s character was last seen on screen in February 2019 when Stacey Fowler, played by Lacey Turner, went to hospital to collect her after treatment for her mental health. 

The troubled young mother had discharged herself and taken off. But BBC bosses were said to be keeping the door open for her return.

Jarvis found fame in Hollywood before winning a part in the BBC soap, starring in 2009 movie Fish Tank alongside Michael Fassbender



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