KAT and Alfie Moon’s fractious relationship has captivated EastEnders fans for more than a decade, but the pair are not known for their dashing looks or fashion sense.
Now, a waitress has revealed how she’s been compared to the soap star EVERY DAY – with customers asking for selfies or autographs, and some strangers refusing to believe her Not Jessie Wallace.
Hayley Garbutt, 54, said she and husband Maurice, 56, a construction driver, are Kat and Alfie in real life – but admitted she initially found the comparisons offensive.
The mother-of-three from Finley, North Yorks, told Fabulous: “I work in a restaurant and people say to me ‘you know, you look like Kat Slater?’
“It’s a constant joke at work because people say that to me all the time. I tell other girls, ‘I should become someone who looks more like a beautiful person, I’ll make a lot of money. than’.
“When people first said it, I thought ‘bloody spoilers.’ Jessie is a pretty attractive woman but she looks different when she’s dressed up as her character.”
“I thought my face had thinned out a lot and was like, ‘I don’t think I look like her at all.’ I don’t take that as a compliment but now that I do, I’ll say ‘oh! Thanks'”.
“Some people really think I’m her. One guy comes up to me and says ‘God, you’re Kat Slater’. Others will say ‘can I have your autograph?” and they’re serious.
“If I’m going out for a night out or shopping, I’m usually taken out of Emmerdale or Kat Slater by Chas Dingle. Girls will come and say ‘are you Kat Slater?’ and I said ‘no, I’m too classy’.
“I consider it a bit amusing, if that’s how people see me that’s fine. I don’t really see that but I suppose you see yourself in a different way.
“Years ago we were called the Beckhams of Yorkshire, now we look like Kat and Alfie. I’m surprised we haven’t had more comments as a couple, but they will.
“If Maurice worked with me, I’m sure we would all the time.
I work in a restaurant and people say to me ‘you know what, you look like Kat Slater?’ At first I thought ‘bloody cheeky spoilers’
Hayley first compared herself to one of Britain’s most famous soap figures seven years ago, when she tried to dress up in a gorgeous Rapunzel outfit on Facebook Marketplace.
She said: “I had about 60 comments saying ‘I hope you don’t mind when I say, but you look like Kat Slater.’ That’s every comment.
“I didn’t even dress like her. I thought ‘God, I’m trying to sell an outfit here and nobody wants to buy it.’ I didn’t sell it then.
“The comparisons started again about two years ago and it’s really increased over the last six months. People say that to me every day.
“I’ve even had clients say ‘we’re back to take a picture with you, because we told everyone about you'”.
“Mostly the older generation, about 55 or older, they have to follow a lot of EastEnders.”
Although Hayley was offended at first, she gradually realized the similarities between herself and Jessie, 50.
She added: “I don’t know what it is, maybe my face changed as I got older. A couple of years ago people kept saying I looked like Chas Dingle and I assumed the way I was. do, although at the time I thought ‘oh my god’.
“I think part of it is the way I act, I’m lively and fun and loud. I’m very friendly with people and pretty chatty, so maybe that’s reflected in both his looks and personality. I.
Years ago we were called the Beckhams of Yorkshire, now we look like Kat and Alfie. Maurice’s attitude and style of dress are the same as Alfie’s
“I went to my husband’s house many times and said ‘am I like Kat Slater?’ Even my twin sister said “you really do do a bit, if you think about it. It’s the shape of your face and your eyes.”
“I can see it in my jawline and the way I do my hair. Like Kat, I like to wear lipstick and keep my hair to the side. I clip it back for work because I have to tie it up.”
“I’m pretty loud with my clothes, I don’t let a monkey know what people think of them as long as I feel comfortable. I’m not one of those people who follow trends. Kat wears a lot of art. leopard print and black, that’s my style.
“I think Jessie Wallace has lost a bit of weight lately and so have I. She’s a bit younger than me, so that’s great. The only difference is I don’t have a Cockney accent.”
Despite these similarities, Hayley insists she is not copying Kat, who has been starring in the TV show since 2000.
She said: “I don’t copy her, I dress the way I like, but it looks a lot like her.
“People don’t even tell me ‘you look a little thinner,’ they say I look like her in every way.
“At work, I wear black because that’s the uniform, but I wanted to add a little sparkle.
“For me, the comparison is a bit of fun and I take that as a compliment.
“At first, I would Google her every time someone said that to me and got upset, but now I’m over that.”
We recently reported on a couple was upset after being dubbed “Aldi Tommy Fury and Molly Mae”.
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/4117165/kat-slater-alfie-moon-eastenders-real-life-insulting/ We are real life Kat Slater and Alfie Moon from EastEnders