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Diane Maureen Butcher was a fictional character in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. She was played by Sophie Lawrence. Diane appeared as a regular character between 1988 and 1991, when Lawrence decided to leave. The character made several brief returns since this time in 1993, 1994, and 1997. On November 3, 2007, it was revealed that Diane and her sister Janine would both be briefly returning to EastEnders in 2008 for the screen death of their father Frank Butcher. It was revealed in Heat magazine that when Diane returns, she will be in a relationship with a woman.