Inside EastEnders’ Charlie Brooks family life off screen including lookalike daughter

Charlie Brooks made a welcome return to our screens earlier this year when she reprized her iconic role as Janine Butcher on the popular BBC soap EastEnders.

The 40-year-old actress last appeared on screen as the evil Janine in 2014, and seven years later she made an explosive return to Albert Square, proving she hadn’t changed at all.

Charlie was happy to return to the BBC soap after such a long hiatus, and so far Janine has continued to cause a stir among Walford residents, especially during the recent holiday period.

However, the soap star’s real life is a long way from his “alter ego” Janine. Here we take a look at Charlie’s family life away from the cameras …



Charlie is best known for playing Janine Butchers on EastEnders



He reprized his iconic role in early 2021
He reprized his iconic role in early 2021

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Charlie regularly shares glimpses of his private life on Instagram, with many of the star’s shots with his gorgeous daughter, Kiki.

17-year-old Kiki is the spitting image of her soap star mom, and many fans were quick to comment on the similarity when Charlie shared a selection of snaps celebrating Kiki’s 17th birthday on her Instagram page recently.

One follower exclaimed: “Damn. Kiki is your double”, while another added: “Wow !! Mom’s double !!”

Charlie resides in Hertfordshire, where she and Kiki live in a beautiful house that appears on the actress’s social media from time to time.



Charlie is the mother of daughter Kiki, 17
Charlie is the mother of daughter Kiki, 17



The actress regularly shares shots of her and Kiki on Instagram
The actress regularly shares shots of her and Kiki on Instagram

The 40-year-old actress welcomed daughter Kiki in 2004 when she was engaged to ex-boyfriend Tony Truman, 53.

The former couple separated when their daughter was two, but they have maintained a close relationship over the years as they continue to be Kiki’s co-parents.

Charlie previously revealed that Tony, the owner of a number of hotels and nightclubs in Ibiza, Spain, lives in the apartment above her so they can easily take care of Kiki together.



Charlie shares Kiki with ex-boyfriend Tony Truman
Charlie shares Kiki with ex-boyfriend Tony Truman

The EastEnders star also opened up about their close friendship, telling Yahoo UK’s White Wine Question Time podcast with Kate Thornton: “We’re going to grow old together, just in a very different way. It’s absolutely my family and nothing will ever change that.”

“And it hasn’t always been easy, he’s in Ibiza for eight or nine months of the year and raising Kiki alone most of the time was tough and we really had to get by.

“But whatever happens, no matter how much we fall, which we did, great, it’s not always easy sailing, but 80% of the time it is and he’s a good man and took care of us.”

He added jokingly: “He’s a character, I love him to death, he can be an asshole at times, but nobody’s perfect, right?”



Kiki is the spitting image of her soap star mom
Kiki is the spitting image of her soap star mom

Charlie split from her most recent boyfriend, architect Ben Hollington, in 2018 and is now believed to be single.

In addition to her role on EastEnders, Charlie is also the co-founder of iampro, an online acting school.

The school focuses on making acting accessible to all, with celebrities offering master classes and questions and answers for aspiring actors.

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