Charlie Brooks tipped for 'EastEnders' return as Janine Butcher

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Charlie Brooks attends the British Soap Awards at Hackney Empire on May 24, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Charlie Brooks attends the British Soap Awards at Hackney Empire on May 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

EastEnders legend Janine Butcher could be back on Albert Square soon, as actor Charlie Brooks has been tipped for a return. 

Brooks, 39, first appeared as the Walford villain in 1999, left in 2004 and returned for another stint four years later until 2014. 

The character was involved in a number of high-profile storylines, famously pushing husband Barry Evans (Shaun Williamson) off a cliff to his death. 

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Now the actor is set to return to EastEnders as a full-time cast member seven years since she last left the soap, according to The Sun

Charlie Brooks with her award for Best Exit for her role as Janine Butcher in EastEnders. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Charlie Brooks with her award for Best Exit for her role as Janine Butcher in EastEnders. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

The newspaper quoted a source as saying Janine will be involved in a “huge story”.

The BBC said it had no comment.

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The character is the daughter of the late Frank Butcher (Mike Reid) and sister of Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen). She had a very strained relationship with her stepmother Pat (Pam St Clements), who died onscreen in 2012. However, they did managed to reconcile before her death. 

Charlie Brooks At The 2002 Inside Soap Awards In London. (Photo by Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images)
Charlie Brooks At The 2002 Inside Soap Awards In London. (Photo by Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images)

When Brooks returned as Janine for a second stint she was found to be masquerading as a Jewish woman named Judith Bernstein to marry an elderly Jewish man (Harry Towb) for his money. He suffered a heart attack at the ceremony and died.

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Janine tried to kill another husband, Ryan Malloy (Neil McDermott), before successfully doing so with fourth husband Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd).

The character left London in a 2014 episode, setting off for France.

With reporting by PA.

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