EastEnders star Charlie Brooks has shared a clip of her jauntily striking a pose in the street after announcing she is leaving Albert Square.

The actress returned to the role of villain Janine Butcher in 2021 after several years away from Walford, but is now getting ready to pack her bags once again and will be off in 2023.

Sharing a clip of her strutting her stuff in a sexy black polka dot skirt with a cheeky slit up the side, Charlie told her fans on Instagram that she'd loved the chance to play "naughty" Janine again.

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"The news is out that I'll be leaving EastEnders," she wrote.

"It has been an incredible 18 months.

"I have LOVED stepping back into 'Janine's' shoes… so naughty but so much fun."

Charlie – who was wearing dark sunglasses and had her blonde curls piled on top of her head – went on: "The cast and crew are incredible, I will miss them a lot.

"I've had the BEST 18 months… thank you @bbceastenders for having me."

She also promised her followers that there were "exciting things on the horizon", adding: "I can't wait to share them with you…"

"Let's play," she ended her message.

The 41-year-old has starred as the BBC soap baddie on and off since 1999 and told The Sun on Sunday that her latest stint was only ever meant to be for a year.

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However, she said when she was told what would be in store for Janine she "couldn't say no" to staying on the soap for a little longer.

"I've had an amazing time, as I always do when I go back," she said.

"But as always with Janine, she probably should not outstay her welcome – for everyone's sake."

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