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Matthew Wright Column: Janine Mk 3; EastEnders' Butcher kid is biggest TV clone.

EASTENDERS bosses are to resurrect Janine Butcher - and have hired a THIRD actress to play her, making her the most cloned character in soap history.

The latest young lady to assume the role of Frank Butcher's daughter is pretty Charlene Brooks, 19, who has already appeared in The Bill.

Janine was last seen in Albert Square more than three years ago. In those days she was a peculiar little thing with a nasal voice, played by Alex Demetriou.

Alex, of course, replaced the original Janine, portrayed by Rebecca Michael, who debuted back in June 1989, four years after the soap was launched.

She left in February 1993 when Janine was sent off to stay with her older sister Claire.

I understand the new Janine will clash memorably with Bianca - but then who doesn't?

It seems quite the rage for soap bosses to clone characters. Who can forget Coronation Street's revamped Nicky Platt?

Originally young Nicky was a weedy wooden-top played by Warren Jackson. Then Adam Rickitt took on the role, complete with six-pack muscles.

Adam later left to launch - don't laugh - his pop "career".
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Wright, Matthew
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 24, 1999
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