Charlie Brooks says her fitness DVD caused ‘long-term negative impact’ on her body image

The EastEnders icon won acclaim back in 2005 with the release of her successful fitness DVD, titled Before & After. However, the actress says she is only now feeling confident in her own skin.

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Charlie Brooks says that losing two stone in as many months for her successful mid-noughties fitness DVD played havoc with her self confidence.

The 41-year-old mother-of-one is known to millions as devious soap villain Janine Butcher on iconic BBC show EastEnders – a role she has played from 1999 until 2022.

However, many will also recall she lost an astonishing two stone in the space of two months back in 2005 and shared the secrets of her weight-loss success via her top selling fitness DVD, Before & After.

But in a candid new interview all about self confidence, Charlie says that she struggled with her self esteem and body image throughout her formative years – only really feeling properly confident once she entered her 40s.

Charlie Brooks says her 2005 fitness DVD sparked a body image confidence crisis within her
The TV star says she feels confident now she is in her 40s(Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Opening up to Fabulous magazine, Charlie explained that a number of factors contributed to her feelings of low self worth – including an ‘imposter syndrome’ feeling she had due to the fact she landed her role as Janine as a teenager and then never went to drama school.

The star says this has left her frequently feeling like she ‘doesn’t belong’ when it comes to working in the acting profession.

She also said being a parent to a teen has rocked her confidence as she struggled to understand the normal teenage-style emotional outbursts of her daughter.

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