EastEnders’ Tameka Empson’s life – Strictly, secret pregnancy and Disney success


Tameka Empson’s most notable role is that of Kim Fox on EastEnders. This soap was a favorite with many. “big hair, a loud personality, hyperactive and a big heart”.

She is currently embroiled with a compelling murder storyline in which her sister Denise struggles decide whether she should tell Denise all the truth about a historical killing.

Tameka, however, is also a comedian. You might remember Tameka from her 3 Non-Blondes days or the hidden camera show in the noughties.

The 44-year old has appeared in many British shows, including Beautiful People and Whitechapel. She is also a regular at Hackney Empire in east London each year for pantomimes.

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Tameka Empson portrays Kim Fox in EastEnders. She is one of the most beloved characters on the show.

Tameka, a mum of two, has won various accolades throughout her career including Funniest Female Performance at the Inside Soap Awards then in 2019, she appeared on Comic Relief Does The Apprentice to raise money for Comic Relief – so she’s definitely multi-talented.

Tameka took a break in Walford in 2019, but announced her return in summer 2021.

We look back on some of her greatest moments in life and career.

Strictly Come Dancing heartbreak

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Tameka participated in Strictly 2016 and was ‘gutted to be voted off’

Tameka performed in the 2016 hit dancing show and was partnered by Gorka Marquez.

She said that she was going to say: “I love and adore the costumes. I just hope the costumes adore me and my hips.”

Despite their high hopes, Gorka, 31 and she, were eliminated from the show.

She performed with an injured knee and was voted off. Darcey Bussell was the only judge who voted her in.

Tameka stated: “I can’t lie, I am gutted. I really, really am. It’s gone.

“Although I wasn’t ready for the departure, that was just the nature and intent of the show.

“I’m shocked that I’ve gone so quickly when I had so much more to give.”

Secret pregnancy

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During lockdown, the 44-year old had a second baby.

Tameka was busy during lockdown 2020 – having another child!

She didn’t tell anyone about being pregnant for the second time as she “wanted to enjoy it”.

Tameka was pregnant in 2019, she stated.

Tameka revealed that she was pregnant with another child from Loose Women in August. “I’ve been contributing to the human race… I have a baby boy, a bouncing baby boy.”

When asked why she didn’t tell fans, she replied: “It wasn’t so much deliberate. I just wanted to enjoy it. A baby comes and you want to enjoy it before everyone says, ‘How’s he doing…’

“But now he’s here and he’s loud!”

Tameka was already a mother to Nylah (6 years old) and stated that parenting during lockdown was a good idea. “a challenge”.

Disney dreams

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Tameka is also the voice for Pearl the Police Horse on 101 Dalmation Street

In 2019 Tameka landed a dream role – voicing the character of Pearl the Police Horse on Disney’s 101 Dalmatian Street.

It’s an animated TV series and loosely based on the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Paloma Faith voices another part, that of Portia The Poodle.

Other British stars to lend their voice to the children’s favourite are actor and comedian Stephen Mangan and pop star Olly Murs – so Tameka is in good company.

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