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EastEnders actress June Brown who played the legendary Dot Cotton in the BBC One soap has died aged 95.
June, who played the character of Dorothy Cotton for more than three decades to become one of the BBC One soap’s longest running characters and was a fan favourite – having joined the soap back in 1985 when it was first created.
Her family said they were “deeply saddened” to announce that their “beloved mother” had died “very peacefully” at her home on Sunday.
A statement from June Brown’s family reads, “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”
An EastEnders spokesperson added, “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.”
EastEnders has uploaded a tribute to its Instagram.
June appeared regularly in the soap until 1993 and then returned to screens in 1997 t reprise her role as Dot until 2020.
Tributes have started pouring in for the star.