Who is Charlie Brooks and who does she play in EastEnders?

CHARLIE Brooks first played EastEnders’ icon Janine Butcher way back in 1999.

With the actress set to return to Albert Square as part of a “huge story” later this year, here’s the lowdown on Charlie, and on Janine’s villainous deeds…

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Who is Charlie Brooks?

Charlie Brooks (real name Charlene) was born in Ware, Hertfordshire in 1981. 

She is best known for playing villainous Janine Butcher in EastEnders between 1999 to 2004 and again in 2008 until 2014.

Charlie appeared in I’m A Celebrity back in 2012 and was named Queen of the Jungle, beating Pussycat Doll singer Ashley Roberts who was the runner-up.

Her portrayal of supervillain Janine bagged her a number of awards, including Villain of the Year at the British Soap Awards in 2004.

Who does Charlie Brooks play in EastEnders?

Charlie Brooks first appeared in EastEnders as the iconic villain Janine Butcher, daughter of Frank Butcher and sister of Ricky, in 1999. 

The star was embroiled in a number of dramatic storylines during her time on the show, which saw three of Janine’s four husbands meet grisly ends.

Her first marriage to Barry ended in disaster when Janine revealed she’d only tied the knot to get her hands on some cash.

When Barry refused to believe it could be true, Janine made a point of her repulsion towards him by shoving him from the top of a cliff. 

Her next marriage to a rich elderly Jewish businessman called David also ended in tears when he died of a heart attack at the ceremony. 

Janine also married Ryan Malloy, who she tried to poison after discovering he was cheating on her with Stacey Slater.

Her attempts to murder Ryan proved unsuccessful, but Janine did manage to kill her fourth husband Michael Moon.

Janine knifed Michael after discovering he was plotting to kill her to get custody of their daughter Scarlett.

 Is EastEnders' Janine Butcher returning to Walford?

The Sun has revealed that Janine is returning to the BBC soap as part of a “huge story” later this year.

An EastEnders source told The Sun: “Bosses have a huge story planned for Charlie’s return.

“They are keeping tight-lipped about whether Janine will come back as a reformed character after all the chaos she has caused in the past.

“But she certainly has a lot of history in Albert Square so whether she will be welcomed back with open arms or not remains to be seen.

“One thing the viewers can be sure about is that it is bound to be explosive. Wherever Janine goes, drama is never far behind.”

The source added: “The potential for Janine is huge.

“She has enemies all around the Square who she’d gladly go to war with, and she’s shown before she isn’t afraid to kill to get her way.

“It could have huge repercussions for some of the big names in EastEnders.

"She’s not going to come back and play nice.”

With exact plot details being kept under wraps, fans will have to tune in for more details.

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