Brooks at the 2011 British Soap Awards
|Born||Charlene Emma Brooks
3 May 1981 
Ware, Hertfordshire, England
|Other names||Charlene Brooks|
|Home town||Barmouth, Wales|
|Partner(s)||Tony Truman (2004–05)
Ben Hollington (2012–present)
Charlene Emma "Charlie" Brooks (born 3 May 1981) is a British actress, known for playing Janine Butcher in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Brooks portrayal of Janine has awarded Brooks with numerous awards, since her first appearance in 1999, with storylines involving cocaine addiction, prostitution and murder. Brooks has appeared in British television shows; The Bill, Wired and Bleak House. Brooks released a fitness DVD, "Before And After Workout", before winning the 2011 version of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special and the twelfth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.
Brooks was born in 1981, in Ware, Hertfordshire, England, and moved to Barmouth, Wales when she was a child. Brooks attended Tower House School, in Barmouth, and relocated to London to attend Ravenscourt Theatre School.
In television, Brooks has appeared in episodes of The Bill, London's Burning, Jonathan Creek and The Demon Headmaster. When executive producer Matthew Robinson re-introduced Janine in 1999, after Alexia Demetriou left, Brooks secured the role.
2004-2007: Departure from EastEnders and other acting
After her departure from EastEnders in 2004, Brooks first role was in the BBC drama Bleak House as Jenny. Brooks has done various commercials and voiceovers in the United Kingdom, Europe and the US.
In 2006, Brooks played Beverley Allitt in a BBC1 docu-drama called Beverley Allitt: Angel of Death, alongside Ian Kelsey. Producer Cathy Elliot said, "It's a very sensitive issue and of course it's terrible for the parents to have the whole thing brought up. Each time it's brought up it's painful, but a lot of parents realise it's important it's kept in the public domain and that people are aware that things have happened and that not a lot has been done since".
She has guest starred in Robin Hood and Love Soup. In theatre, Brooks, whilst on a break from EastEnders in 2003, appeared in the play Office Games alongside Adam Rickitt. The play was Brooks' west end debut, and was described as "a witty and intelligent political commentary". In 2007 she appeared in Our Country's Good at the Liverpool Playhouse.
2008–2014: Return to EastEnders
In 2008, Brooks returned to EastEnders for a guest stint. She was later confirmed to be coming back as a regular character. She said, "I had doubts to begin with, mainly because of Kiki, as I know how full-on EastEnders can be, and then there's that stigma about going back to a soap. But I'm so pleased I did, it was the right decision. Especially with what's going on at the moment, I feel really lucky to have a job and I need the security because of Kiki. I was just going to go back for a year, but I had a meeting with the boss last week and we're going to go for another year. So lots more time to get up to much mischief". Executive producer Diederick Santer said, "I couldn't be more pleased that Charlie Brooks is re-joining EastEnders. With her appearances last month, she reminded us what a fine actress she is, and what an intriguing, watchable and engaging character she plays as Janine". She temporarily departed in September 2012, and returned in April 2013 before departing again in March 2014.
She won I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2012, beating campmate Ashley Roberts. Brooks was "visibly delighted" saying, "[It feels] silly. I never imagined this for a million years. Everyone's been amazing". Brooks also narrates Botched Up Bodies on Channel 5.
Her fitness DVD became the UK's best-selling fitness DVD release, and Brooks was transformed from "podgy Janine to a sexy new mum".
Awards and nominations
|2000||National Television Awards||Most Popular Newcomer||Nominated|
|British Soap Awards||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|2001||Inside Soap Awards||Best Bitch||Won|
|2004||National Television Awards||Most Popular Actress||Nominated|
|TV Quick and Choice Awards||Best Soap Actress||Won|
|Best Soap Storyline||Nominated|
|British Soap Awards||Soap Bitch of the Year||Nominated|
|Villain of the Year||Won|
|Inside Soap Awards||Best Bitch||Won|
|Best Soap Storyline||Nominated|
|2005||British Soap Awards||Best Exit||Won|
|2009||All About Soap Awards||Best Bitch||Won|
|Inside Soap Awards||Won|
|End of Year EastEnders Awards||Won|
|2010||All About Soap Awards||Femme Fatale||Won|
|Digital Spy Soap Awards||Best Soap Bitch||Won|
|All About Soap Bubble Awards||Best Soap Love Triangle
(Shared with Lacey Turner and Neil McDermott)
|2011||British Soap Awards||Villain of the Year||Nominated|
|TV Times Awards||TV's Most Popular Bitch||Won|
|2012||TVChoice Awards||Best Soap Actress||Nominated|
|Inside Soap Awards||Soap Bitch of the Year||Won|
|DS Awards||DS Female Soap Actor||Won|
|2013||TVChoice Awards||Best Soap Actress||Nominated|
|Inside Soap Awards||Soap Bitch of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||British Soap Awards||Villain of the Year||Nominated|
|British Soap Awards||Best Storyline - Hello Stacey, Goodbye Janine||Nominated|
- Television and Film
|1998||Turning Points||Emma||1 episode|
|The Demon Headmaster||The Brains|
|The Bill||Miriam Olston|
|Out of Tune||Carol|
|1999–2004, 2008–2014||EastEnders||Janine Butcher||Regular cast member
|1999||The Bill||Claire Fellows||1 episode|
|2005||Angel of Death: The Beverly Allitt Story||Beverley Allitt|
|The Golden Hour||Cara Wilson|
|Bleak House||Jenny||5 episodes|
|2006||Take 3 Girls||Patsy||1 episode|
|2010||EastEnders: Last Tango in Walford||Janine Butcher||DVD release|
|2011||EastEnders: E20||Janine Malloy||3 episodes|
|Strictly Come Dancing (Christmas Special)||Herself (Participant)||Winner|
|2012||Celebrity Juice||1 episode|
|I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here||Winner|
|2013, 2014||Botched Up Bodies||Narrator|
|2015||The Dumping Ground||Stephanie Branston||1 episode|
|2016||The Chase: Celebrity Special||Herself (participant)||Didn't appear in the final chase|
|2018||Moving On||Tina||1 episode (series 9, episode 4)|
- Theatre and Radio
|2003||Office Games||Rose Brown|
|2004||The Play What I Wrote||Rose|
|2005–06||Dixon of Dock Green||Mary Dixon|
|2007||Our Country's Good||Dabby Bryant|
|2013||Dusty Won't Play||Dusty Springfield|
|2014||Beautiful Thing||Sandra Gangel|
|2015||A Street Car Named Desire||Blanche|
|2017||How the Other Half Loves||Teresa|
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- "Robin Hood (Series 2 - 10. Walkabout)". Radio Times. Exponent. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Nelson, Paul. "Playing office games is not such a civil service". IndieLondon. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
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