EastEnders star Charlie Brooks addresses Janine Butcher return

EastEnders star Charlie Brooks has addressed rumours that she could be returning to the BBC soap.

With Sean Slater, Ben Mitchell and Lola Pearce all making a comeback, Charlie addressed whether Janine might be next.

Speaking on Lorraine today, Charlie said: “I don’t have plans to go back. I have this chance to play really challenging characters.”

She also defended the controversial play All in a Row, which stars a puppet as a child with autism.

The Janine Butcher actress plays Tamora in the new play, which has received backlash over the decision to use a puppet.

Amid claims from many that it “dehumanised autistic children”, there’s been calls for the show to be banned.

But speaking on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, Charlie defended the show and explained why the decision was made not to use a real child.

She said: “Puppetry can be really engaging… it’s really powerful.”

Charlie continued: “What we have to remember is that there are some very distressing scenes… to have a child in it would be very draining.

“The question is what do you do as a parent if you feel like someone could give your child a better life… this is one story."

Charlie went on: “I’ve spoken to many many parents of children with autism … I don’t claim to be an expert, I’m constantly learning… it’s been an eye-opening month.”

She added: “I urge people to see it before making a judgement.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV

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