EastEnders star unrecognisable in Netflix role four years after soap death | Soaps

Jessica Plummer played Chantelle Atkins on the soap (Picture: BBC)

Former EastEnders star Jessica Plummer is worlds away from her Albert Square days after securing a major Netflix role.

The actress, known for her role as Chantelle Atkins, will be making her debut in new show The Decameron, which has been described as ‘Love Island but back in the day’ which launches later this month.

A synopsis for the brand new series reads: ‘In 1348, as the Black Death ravages Florence, a number of nobles and their servants retreat to the countryside Villa Santa. 

‘As they try to wait out the plague in the hills of Tuscany with wine and sex, the group eventually must fight for their survival.’

Expressing her excitement, Jessica, 31,shared a clip of the trailer on Instagram: ‘A little teaser of what’s to come!’

In the first look snap, the soap actress is seen rocking a darker hair colour and a red and white dress.

‘Love Island but back in the day’ (Picture: Netflix)
Gray killed Chantelle when his domestic abuse came to a head (Picture: BBC)

Jessica played Chantelle on EastEnders until 2020 when in a tragic turn of events her abusive husband Gray, played by Toby-Alexander, killed Chantelle in distressing scenes.

The horrific moment was nominated for must-see moment at the Baftas on Sunday which both actors attended in London.

EastEnders lost out to dance troupe Diversity’s hard-hitting performance on Britain’s Got Talent in 2020 highlighting the events of that year – including the widespread protests against police brutality.

In the picture caption Jessica congratulated Diversity, led by Ashley Banjo, for picking up the win.

‘Thank you so much to everyone that voted for us!!! Playing Chantelle and being able to be a part of raising awareness for domestic abuse, was incredible and a privilege,’ she said.

‘It was an honour to be up against all the other nominees. A huge congratulations to @diversity_official for their must see moment award.’

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