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Monday 24 November 2014

EastEnders exit 'frightens' Brooks

EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks
EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks

EastEnders star Charlie Brooks admits she is frightened of leaving the soap and said her eight-year-old daughter burst into tears when she told her she was quitting.

Charlie, who plays Janine Butcher, said she will miss the rest of the cast, who have been like a "family" to her.

She told Hello! Magazine: "Kiki cried her eyes out when I told her I was leaving. She has been on set a lot over the years."

The actress, who has filmed her final scenes as the manipulative Janine, said she was looking forward to spending more time with her daughter.

She said: "I was so lucky in landing a role like Janine when I was only 17.

"I grew up there and the thought of not being there does sometimes frighten me.

"I have days where I am hugely insecure and question my ability to hack it elsewhere but, ultimately, the excitement of the challenge overrules those feelings.

"It is a brave decision for me though. I will miss the financial security. But I can't wait to do all those regular mummy things with Kiki, like picking her up from school and baking cakes.

"Between the long hours and an hour-and-a-half travelling time either side of my working day, I have missed out on those things."

Charlie, who won last year's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here, said she empathised with Rebecca Adlington's worries about her body image which have come to the surface in the camp.

She said: "It says a lot really, doesn't it, that an Olympian double gold medallist can feel insecure about her figure?

"There are a lot of women out there who will recognise what she is feeling."

:: Read the full interview in Hello! Magazine, out now.

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