Actress's fiancé Vince allegedly sent X-rated snap of Jessie to Karen Short

EastEnders star Jessie Wallace called off her lavish wedding to Vince Morse yesterday after shocking claims by his ex-girlfriend Karen Short.

The £300,000 ceremony was all set to be held at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond, South West London, before Jessie, 39, cancelled just 4 hours before it was due to go ahead.

‘She is totally heartbroken,’ a close source tells the Daily Mirror.

‘She thought she’d found the man of her dreams and this has been a massive bolt out of the blue.

‘She’d spent months painstakingly planning the wedding to make sure everything was perfect and was so excited about getting married.’

Catering manager Vince‘s former flame Karen, 47, alleges that the 50-year-old told her via e-mail that he was having doubts about his relationship with Jessie, who he met last year on the set of EastEnders.

She also alleges he texted her last month with a photo of Jessie wearing nothing but a black basque and stockings.

‘When I received the explicit photograph of Jessie from Vince last month I felt really uncomfortable,’ Karen, 47 – who split from Vince in 2005 – told the Daily Star.

‘I rang Vince and asked him what he was playing at.’

Jessie‘s agent has confirmed the wedding is off: ‘Jessie is not in a position to comment and we would really appreciate if she could be given some space at this difficult time.’

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