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'EastEnders' Charlie Brooks to take soap break, tipped for 'Strictly'

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EastEnders star Charlie Brooks has announced that she will take a six-month break from the soap later this year.

The actress, who plays Walford schemer Janine Butcher, will film exit scenes in August before taking her time off from the show. Tabloid reports have claimed that she will be competing on Strictly Come Dancing in the autumn.

Janine is currently expecting a baby with boyfriend Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd), but news of her upcoming departure from Albert Square is likely to spark speculation over their future as a couple.

Janine Malloy in EastEnders

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Steve John Shepherd as Michael Moon

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Asked what is coming up for her on EastEnders, Brooks told The Sun: "Baby. I think that's about all I can say really, as that's all I know. I've got six months off in August so we're having the bump, but I won't have to deal with prams and stuff in extra small doors on the set."

An EastEnders spokesperson told Digital Spy this morning: "Charlie will be taking a break from EastEnders later this year. Over the coming weeks, Michael will propose to Janine, but who knows if she'll accept?

"In typical Janine style, there'll be a lot of unexpected twists and turns during the next few months and the story is bound to be explosive."

A Walford insider added: "Bosses are keeping tight-lipped about what the future holds for Janine and Michael and whether they'll ride off into the sunset together or not."

Charlie Brooks, Barry McGuigan

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Vincent simone, Charlie Brooks

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Brooks won the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special two months ago, and she has now been tipped to take part on the main show during her EastEnders absence.

A BBC source told The Sun: "It's more or less a done deal. Charlie would be a dream signing for Strictly. She's high-profile and popular and judging by the Christmas special, she has natural ability."

> EastEnders' Michael, Janine romance 'to turn rocky'
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