Charlie Brooks spotted arriving at EastEnders set as Janine Butcher return ‘confirmed’

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Charlie Brooks has been spotted arriving at the set for EastEnders in Elstree.

The actress, 40, has been widely reported to be returning to the BBC One soap opera in her iconic role as Janine Butcher later this year.

Now Charlie has been seen arriving at the soap's Elstree studios in a blacked-out people carrier.

Her car was noted to have been parked and hidden in London where she was dropped off after a few hours of filming, with Charlie seen returning to her car and then driving home.

Charlie could be seen wearing sunglasses and a black short-sleeved blouse with a silver necklace, with her wavy blonde hair on show.

The BBC declined to comment when approached by The Mirror about Charlie's reported return to the soap.

Charlie Brooks has been spotted arriving and leaving Elstree Studios ahead of a reported return to EastEnders as Janine Butcher
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The Sun first reported news of Charlie's EastEnders comeback in April, with a source telling the paper: "Bosses have a huge story planned for Charlie’s return.

"They are keeping tight-lipped about whether Janine will come back as a reformed character after all the chaos she has caused in the past.

"But she certainly has a lot of history in Albert Square so whether she will be welcomed back with open arms or not remains to be seen."

The BBC has not yet confirmed Janine's return but Charlie has commented on the reports of a comeback.

Charlie's car was parked and hidden in London where she was dropped off after a few hours of filming
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Charlie returned to her car and drove home after her visit to the studios
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Earlier this month, Charlie responded to Metro when asked about the rumours: "There are and I couldn’t possibly say anything about that!

"All I can say is I always wonder what she’s been up to and I’m in a really lucky position where one day that might be able to be explored. I was blessed with Janine."

Charlie took over the role of Frank Butcher's troubled daughter Janine in 1999, swiftly becoming one of the show's most dramatic and villainous characters.

Charlie could be seen sporting her blonde wavy locks and wore a black blouse with sunglasses and a silver necklace
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Charlie was spotted going into the Elstree studios where EastEnders is filmed in a blacked-out people carrier
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Having murdered her husband Barry Evans, Janine left the soap in 2004 when Charlie quit the role, with the character being wrongfully arrested for the murder of nemesis Laura Beale.

Charlie returned to the soap in 2008 and continued to have a number of high-profile storylines, including a love triangle between Janine, husband Ryan Malloy and Stacey Slater.

Janine later inherited a vast fortune from her maternal grandmother and married the villainous Michael Moon, having a daughter with him named Scarlett.

Janine Butcher memorably murdered husband Barry Evans in EastEnders by pushing him off of a cliff in Scotland
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Janine later went on to marry the scheming Michael Moon on her most recent stint in the soap
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The character left the show once again in 2014 after Janine was found not guilty of killing Michael but was reviled by the rest of Albert Square.

She was last seen heading to Paris to be reunited with daughter Scarlett but was hinted to be about to con a married couple of lottery winners.

The character still has a number of connections left on the Square including niece Tiffany Butcher-Baker, former sister-in-law Whitney Dean, and close friend Billy Mitchell.

Janine made her most recent departure from EastEnders in 2014 after being exonerated for the murder of Michael Moon
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There are also plenty of old adversaries for Janine still in Walford, including Jack Branning, Phil Mitchell, Kat Slater, and, of course, old nemesis Stacey Slater when actress Lacey Turner returns from maternity leave.

A representative of Charlie Brooks was approached for comment on this story.

*EastEnders airs on BBC One with episodes also available on BBC iPlayer.

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