Charlie Brooks steps out for the FIRST time since EastEnders comeback was ...

Charlie Brooks steps out for the FIRST time since EastEnders comeback was ...
Charlie Brooks steps out for the FIRST time since EastEnders comeback was ...

Following EastEnders' announcement that Charlie Brooks will be returning to the show to reprise her role as Janine Butcher, the soap star was seen on Wednesday out and about in London.

Stepping out to run errands, the actress, 40, spoke on her phone while walking through the leafy suburbs.

She wore a sweeping beige trench over a taupe baggy shirt and black slacks.

Spotted: Following EastEnders' announcement that Charlie Brooks will be returning to the show to reprise her role as Janine Butcher, the soap star was seen on Wednesday

Spotted: Following EastEnders' announcement that Charlie Brooks will be returning to the show to reprise her role as Janine Butcher, the soap star was seen on Wednesday

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She completed the look with multicoloured trainers and dark shades.

Charlie swept her blonde locks up and added a wash of foundation to her features, with a red burst to her lips.

The actress, who departed the soap in 2014, is set for a rollercoaster comeback, with bosses hinting she'll take centre stage in the soap's 'biggest storyline of the year'. 

Announcing the news, the bosses assured fans of the show that 'drama and scandal' are never far behind Janine, and she'll make a stormy return to the soap in the coming months. 

Stroll: She was seen out and about in London, running errands

Stroll: She was seen out and about in London, running errands

Out and about: The actress, 40, spoke on her phone while walking through the leafy suburbs

Chatting: She wore a sweeping beige trench over a taupe baggy shirt and black slacks

Out and about: The actress, 40, spoke on her phone while walking through the leafy suburbs

Big news: The actress, who departed the soap in 2014, is set for a rollercoaster comeback, with bosses hinting she'll take centre stage in the soap's 'biggest storyline of the year'

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Big news: The actress, who departed the soap in 2014, is set for a rollercoaster comeback, with bosses hinting she'll take centre stage in the soap's 'biggest storyline of the year'

Announcing the news: Bosses assured fans of the show that 'drama and scandal' are never far behind Janine, and she'll make a stormy return to the soap in the coming months

Announcing the news: Bosses assured fans of the show that 'drama and scandal' are never far behind Janine, and she'll make a stormy return to the soap in the coming months

Speaking about returning to the role, actress Charlie, 40, said: 'I am beyond excited to be slipping back into Janine’s shoes and returning to The Square'

She went on: 'The time feels right and I can’t wait to find out what she’s been up to for the last seven years! She is and always has been SO much fun to play'

Speaking about returning to the role, actress Charlie, 40, said: 'I am beyond excited to be slipping back into Janine’s shoes and returning to The Square'

Speaking about returning to the role, actress Charlie, 40, said: 'I am beyond excited to be slipping back into Janine’s shoes and returning to The Square. 

'The time feels right and I can’t wait to find out what she’s been up to for the last seven years! She is and always has been SO much fun to play. 

'Feels a bit like coming home. It’s good to be back.'

She added: 'Feels a bit like coming home. It’s good to be back'

 She added: 'Feels a bit like coming home. It’s good to be back'

Return: She is pictured on the soap in 2008

Return: She is pictured on the soap in 2008

Giddy: Rumours of Charlie's return to the show had been circulatinG and it appeared they were confirmed when she was spotted on the set earlier this week

Giddy: Rumours of Charlie's return to the show had been circulatinG and it appeared they were confirmed when she was spotted on the set earlier this week

Jon Sen, executive producer for EastEnders, added: 'Janine is one of EastEnders most iconic characters who is loved, and often despised, in equal measure by viewers and all those in Walford. 

'Charlie’s portrayal of Janine over the years has created some of EastEnders most memorable moments and we are all really excited to see Charlie bring her incredible portrayal of Janine back again.'

Appearing to provide a hint for fans about future story lines, he continued: 'We have lots of drama in store for Janine, in fact it may be wise for some of the residents of Walford to invest in some slip on shoes…'

Viewers were quick to comment about their excitement for her return, with one writing: 'SHE IS COMING TO SAVE 2021.'

Comeback: Announcing the news, the bosses assured fans of the show that 'drama and scandal' are never far behind Janine (pictured on EastEnders in 2013)

Comeback: Announcing the news, the bosses assured fans of the show that 'drama and scandal' are never far behind Janine (pictured on EastEnders in 2013)

Another said: 'Omg we NEED Janine. The best character ever!.

One remarked: 'yesss!!!! we’ve been waiting for this announcement. i’m so excited for her to come back.' 

Rumours of Charlie's return to the show have been circulating in recent weeks and it appeared they were confirmed when she was spotted on the set at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire earlier this week. 

The actress was taken to set in a blacked out people carrier as show bosses aimed to keep  her return top secret.

'Feels like coming home': Actress Charlie said: 'I am beyond excited to be slipping back into Janine’s shoes and returning to The Square (pictured with Ricky Butcher in 2003)

'Feels like coming home': Actress Charlie said: 'I am beyond excited to be slipping back into Janine’s shoes and returning to The Square (pictured with Ricky Butcher in 2003)

It was previously reported that Charlie would resurrect her role as the murderous Janine on EastEnders, seven years after she departed Albert Square.

It was claimed that Charlie would make an explosive return to Albert Square, leaving fans swarming social media

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