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EastEnders' Charlie Brooks drops hint she won't return as Janine Butcher with 'after soap' post

EASTENDERS star Charlie Brooks has dropped a hint she won't return as Janine Butcher with a revealing Instagram post.

The actress – who last played scheming Janine in 2014 in the BBC soap – posted an inspirational message to Instagram about finding herself after soap, hinting she has left Walford behind for good.

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Finding yourself again after soap, young kids, partying and steaming towards 40.. I’ve been single for pretty much 4 years, and Hand on heart. they have been the most important 4 years of my life! It’s easy to forget who we truly are. We get so caught up in people’s idea of us, and it’s engrained that that’s who we are forever, but it’snot true.! Life is about constantly growing and evolving, seeing what else is around the corner, being brave, and keeping it colourful!Sometimes I wish it were black and white. There’s so much pleasure in that simplicity, but the juicy stuff happens when you really start to colour it in.Not being one for standing still, and waiting for shit to happen, I decided, it was time to make make it happen.Sometimes we are more than what people see on the surface. For those that invest in the journey, looking beyond the obvious and who are paying attention, really listening, that’s when shit starts to get good. Really good.I’m 40 next year. Sometimes I get lonely, but mostly I’m ok! I’m learning to really get along with the woman that I am. And I like her. Most of the time. Sometimes I pick the stick up and bash myself a bit, but those times are getting fewer and further in between.My girl turns 16 in a few weeks. how the f***k did that happen! She will steam into her 40’s one day, having witnessed that at 40 or 50 or 60 life really can begin.. look at nanny! My mum got married in Ibiza as she was steaming towards 60! I learn from her and I hope kiki will learn from me. (Aware that at this point she barely hears a word I say 🤣) I’m exactly where I am meant to be. Happy Sunday people x#loveyourselfalittlemoreeachday

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She wrote: "Finding yourself again after soap, young kids, partying and steaming towards 40.

"I’ve been single for pretty much 4 years, and Hand on heart. they have been the most important 4 years of my life! It’s easy to forget who we truly are.

"We get so caught up in people’s idea of us, and it’s engrained that that’s who we are forever, but it’s not true.!

"Life is about constantly growing and evolving, seeing what else is around the corner, being brave, and keeping it colourful!


"Sometimes I wish it were black and white. There’s so much pleasure in that simplicity, but the juicy stuff happens when you really start to colour it in.

"Not being one for standing still, and waiting for s*** to happen, I decided, it was time to make make it happen.

"Sometimes we are more than what people see on the surface. For those that invest in the journey, looking beyond the obvious and who are paying attention, really listening, that’s when s*** starts to get good. Really good.

"I’m 40 next year. Sometimes I get lonely, but mostly I’m ok! I’m learning to really get along with the woman that I am. And I like her. Most of the time.

"Sometimes I pick the stick up and bash myself a bit, but those times are getting fewer and further in between."

She added: "My girl turns 16 in a few weeks. how the f***k did that happen! She will steam into her 40’s one day, having witnessed that at 40 or 50 or 60 life really can begin.. look at nanny!

"My mum got married in Ibiza as she was steaming towards 60! I learn from her and I hope kiki will learn from me. (Aware that at this point she barely hears a word I say 🤣)"

Previously Charlie had always said "never say never" to a return and has long been a fan-favourite for a comeback.

But it appears fans may have a while to wait before that happens.

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