Charlie Brooks is set to leave EastEnders in the New Year, depriving Albert Square of resident super bitch Janine Butcher.
The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! winner has been a regular on the BBC’s flagship soap opera since joining as Janine in 1999, but this won’t be the first time fans have been forced to say goodbye to the character.
Brooks left the soap in 2004, returning in 2008, two years after the birth of her daughter Kiki. She left again in 2012 to travel with her daughter and take part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (which she won). She returned to ‘Enders again earlier this year.
“I decided a while ago it was time for me to leave Janine behind,” tha actress told the Mirror.
But hinting she may return (again!) she added: “Janine still has a way to go yet and is never far from Walford.
"It may be more see you later than goodbye.”