Charlie Brooks to quit EastEnders for Hollywood?

Charlie Brooks could quit EastEnders for a third time to chase a Hollywood career.

The actress who plays superbitch Janine Butcher in EastEnders has her sights set on a film career, according to The Sun.

The newspaper claimed Charlie, 32, has told friends she wants to try her luck in America.

An insider told The Sun: “Charlie wants to give a LA a try and won’t be satisfied until she does. As far as she understands, there will be an option to return. Janine is a ratings winner, and she’s hugely regarded among the cast and crew.”

Charlie joined EastEnders as Janine in 1999, left in 2004 and came back again in 2008.

She quit for a second time in September 2012, and spent six months out, taking part in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and travelling with her eight-year-old daughter Kiki.

In February she started filming EastEnders again.

Charlie has not confirmed or denied the quitting rumours, but told The Sun: “I’ve only just returned to EastEnders and I’m really happy. I’ve some big storylines coming up and am really excited by them.”

EastEnders’ Shane Richie (Alfie Moon) picked up the TV Bafta on May 12 for best soap and continuing drama and afterwards mocked soap actors who leave to pursue Hollywood roles.

He said: “They all want to come back. I did the same, ‘I’m going to Hollywood’ – I got to Borehamwood!”


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