EastEnders star Charlie Brooks has revealed how her eight-year-old daughter burst into tears when she first revealed she was quitting the BBC soap.
In her first interview since filming her final scenes for the show, Charlie told ! magazine exclusively: “Kiki cried her eyes out when I told her I was leaving. She has been on set a lot over the years.”
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The actress also tells ! she is scared about the immediate future – but also excited to see what’s out there, as well as spend more time with her daughter.
“I was so lucky in landing a role like Janine when I was only 17,” she said. “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.”
But she says she will greatly miss her castmates. “EastEnders is like family to me, so I will miss everyone terribly. I am in a very fortunate position and they are leaving the door open.”
As the reigning Queen of the Jungle, she will shortly be flying to Australia to crown the new winner – and Charlie said she has been watching the latest series with interest.
Talking about the current controversy over Rebecca Adlington’s anguish on the show, she said: “It says a lot really doesn’t it that an Olympian double gold medallist can feel insecure about her figure There are a lot of women out there who will recognize what she is feeling.”
To read more of the interview with Charlie, pick up the latest issue of ! magazine.