EastEnders legend looks worlds away from Albert Square as she struggles with her studies after quitting soap | The Sun

AN EastEnders legend looks worlds away from Albert Square after quitting the soap.

Charlie Brooks, 41, who played the role of Janine Butcher in the BBC soap opera took to social media to share a snap of herself while struggling with her university studies.

The actress held her dark locks up as she rocked a fringe and glasses and flashed a concerned look.

Charlie penned: “I am SO far behind on uni work. Self discipline is NOT my fortè. SEND HELP. And a new brain that understands shit better. Please and thank you.”

Fans were quick to support the star, as one penned: “The love and admiration for you is palpable. YOU GOT THIS.”

A second person added: “U can do this just stay positive and focused,” and a third said: “You’re going to smash it.”

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Other people were quick to give Charlie tips on how she could maintain self-discipline while studying.

The star has recently returned to education and shared that she’s embarked on an Open University course in arts and languages.

She told The Sunday Post: “I never went to university, and I think that led to my inability to trust my own opinions in the past and not ever feel clever enough, so I decided to do something about it and I’m doing an Open University course.

“I find it quite fascinating. I’m at the beginning stages; I’m learning how to learn. I’m doing my best and it’s exciting times.”

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Charlie revealed in September of last year that she was leaving EastEnders again – 18 months after her dramatic return as Janine Butcher.

The star played the soap villain on and off since 1999, and filmed her explosive exit.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun on Sunday, Charlie said: “I was only ever due back to EastEnders for a year, but when [exec producer] Chris Clenshaw presented me with his idea for the story, I couldn’t say no to staying a little longer.

“I’ve had an amazing time, as I always do when I go back.

“But as always with Janine, she probably should not outstay her welcome — for everyone’s sake.”

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