Celebrity char­lie Brooks: ‘Never say never to Ja­nine com­ing back!’

For­mer Easten­ders star Char­lie Brooks re­veals how she jug­gles mother­hood, fame and dat­ing

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She won plenty of awards for her role as bad girl Ja­nine Butcher in

Easten­ders, in­clud­ing Bri­tish Soap awards Vil­lain of the Year (2004) and Best Exit (2005). But Char­lie Brooks, 37, says be­com­ing a par­ent to 13-year-old daugh­ter Kiki, who she had with for­mer part­ner Tony Tru­man, is her proud­est achieve­ment yet. Cur­rently on the road with her tour­ing pro­duc­tion of Monogamy, she tells us all about her par­ent­ing bat­tles, step­ping out of her com­fort zone and her dream job…

‘I’m glad so­cial me­dia wasn’t around when I started in

Easten­ders. I’ll use it as a ve­hi­cle for the plays I’m in – I put the odd thing on there, but I don’t re­ally look through it. It may have im­pacted me very dif­fer­ently on a much younger head. It’s a dan­ger­ous mine­field and un­man­age­able – I don’t know how to con­trol it. Kiki has so­cial me­dia. She’s 14 this year. I mon­i­tor it when I can, but then you have to re­spect their pri­vacy. Some­times they cre­ate se­cret ac­counts and it’s a night­mare.’ ‘You feel like you can do any­thing af­ter you’ve been a mother. It’s very em­pow­er­ing and quite dif­fi­cult and chal­leng­ing, and that’s your num­ber-one job.’

‘I’m cur­rently sin­gle.

Some­times I do [find it harder to meet peo­ple be­ing a par­ent and fa­mous]. Some­times I meet guys, but I’m not re­ally in­ter­ested at the mo­ment.’ ‘Kiki loves watch­ing me on stage. She’s been through ev­ery­thing I’ve done. She helps me learn my lines, if the lan­guage is ap­pro­pri­ate. She’s show­ing signs of the act­ing bug, big time, and I’d be happy for her to fol­low in my foot­steps. She’d love to be on Broad­way – I’ve never done it, but I’d love to do a lit­tle play off Broad­way and live in New York. I’d be se­ri­ous “mum goals”.’ ‘I star in a new play called Monogamy, by a writer called Tor­ben Betts and it’s an ex­plo­ration of peo­ple and re­la­tion­ships. I play the wife, Sally. It’s set in a celebrity chef’s kitchen and it’s what goes on af­ter the cam­eras stop rolling – she’s hav­ing an af­fair with my hus­band, Mike [Pa­trick Rye­cart]. It’s a

‘You feel You can do any­thing’

The best of friends: Char­lie with her daugh­ter, Kiki

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