Charlie Brooks' daughter cried at EastEnders departure

Charlie Brooks' eight-year-old daughter Kiki burst into tears when she told her she was quitting 'EastEnders'

Charlie Brooks

Charlie Brooks as Janine Butcher

Charlie Brooks' daughter burst into tears when she told her she was quitting 'EastEnders'.

The 32-year-old actress - who plays bitchy Janine Butcher in the BBC One soap - admits her eight-year-old daughter Kiki was devastated when she announced her departure from Albert Square.

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

The brunette beauty - who has left the show twice before - is looking forward to spending more time with her daughter, but admits she's worried about turning her back on Walford.

Speaking to HELLO! magazine, she explained: "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."


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