Charlie Brooks' daughter cried at EastEnders departure

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 December 2013
Charlie Brooks

Charlie Brooks as Janine Butcher

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

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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