Actress June Brown, who played the much-loved legendary character Eastender’s Dot Cotton has died aged 95 it has been announced.
Dot Cotton was one of Eastenders longest-running characters, with appearances on the show spanning over three decades. Known for being one of the most popular characters, both on screen and off, and a favourite with viewers, she was also known for her love-hate relationship with the rebellious Nick Cotton played by John Altman.
An EastEnders spokesperson said: “There are not enough words to describe how much June was loved and adored by everyone at EastEnders, her loving warmth, wit and great humour will never be forgotten.
“June created one of the most iconic characters in Dot Cotton, not just in soap but in British television, and having appeared in 2884 episodes, June’s remarkable performances created some of EastEnders finest moments.”
A statement from June Brown’s family said: “We are deeply saddened to announce our beloved mother, June, passed away very peacefully at her home in Surrey on Sunday evening, with her family by her side. We would kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time”
Eastenders star Gillian Taylforth, who plays Kathy Beale, said: “I’m truly heartbroken by this news. June Brown OBE, MBE, was an amazing woman and a truly wonderful actress. I shared many scenes with her over the years and she was always someone I looked up to and learnt from.”
“There will never be another June Brown and I’m sending all my love to her family.”
The lovely June is survived by her six children.