EastEnders star Charlie Brookes has given an insight into the Christmas Day drama that is set to unfold in Walford.
EastEnders’ Charlie Brookes joined The One Show presenters Gethin Jones and Alex Jones to discuss her upcoming role in the National Theatre. Talk turned to her role as Janine Butcher on BBC One soap EastEnders and the high drama storylines that are set to unfold over the Christmas period. Charlie teased at her exit from the show and commented on the “arguments” she and co-star Danny Dyer would have on set.
Discussing her new role in theatre, Alex asked: “Well you have now gone high brow, you are at the National Theatre.
“The ocean at the end of the lake, now this is a tricky-ish play to explain, I am excited to know how you concisely kind of sum this up.”
Charlie laughed and explained: “Okay, I am going to give it my best shot. First of all, it is a dream come true.
“But it is a story of a man who recently lost his father and he takes a trip down memory lane and investigates that relationship through the eyes of his 12-year-old self.
“It is a play about friendship, adventure, it is about his friendship with Lettie who is a magical young lady, it is full of hope, it has got puppetry, illusions, it’s cinematic, really good to get teenagers from their screens, into the theatre.
“I play a character called Ursula Munkdon who comes in to look after the young boy and she is kind of a super nanny type character.”
Charlie went on to discuss that she had a mean streak about her and could be perceived as a villain.
Gethin added: “Do we all agree? I think Janine on EastEnders was a villain though, you do like this role, it must be fun to play a villain.”
Charlie laughed and explained: “Well it is, you can get underneath the skin of these characters and it is always more interesting I think.
“Janine, I mean, Danny Dyer and I would have arguments all day long because I would constantly try and defend her.
“It does get to the point where I am like I actually can’t do it anymore, but is she a killer or, they are all accidents so it is all up for debate.”
Moving onto the Christmas special, Alex probed: “Well, this is the thing, your final scene on EastEnders, very sad is on Boxing Day, any accidents to report on that one?”
Unable to give too much away, Charlie said: “I actually can’t say, all I can say is the episodes, I hope, they are going to be fantastic.
“There is lots to look forward to, the three of them, Mick Carter (played by Danny Dyer), Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) and Janine, high drama.”
Gethin remembered: “The build-up to Christmas on EastEnders is fantastic and we all remember the biggest accident before.”
The show then played the iconic scene of Janine pushing her husband Barry Evans (Shaun Williamson) off of a cliff.
Gethin added: “Everyone seems to remember this moment don’t they.”
Charlie revealed: “I get it most days I would say. Oh, you pushed Barry off that cliff.”
Fans were recently left floored when Mick took the plunge and proposed to Janine who he is expecting another child with.
But his mother Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) noticed the love still between him and Linda, forcing him to make a decision as to who he wants to be with.
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