June Brown, who played the iconic Dot Cotton in EastEnders, has tragically died, aged 95.
A spokesperson for the BBC soap has released a statement that says she passed away on April 3.
It reads: “We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved June Brown, OBE, MBE, sadly passed away last night.
“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 2,884 episodes, June’s remarkable performances created some of EastEnders’ finest moments.”
They continued: “We send all our love and deepest sympathies to June’s family and friends. A very bright light has gone out at EastEnders today but we shall all be raising a sweet sherry in June’s memory.
“Rest in peace, our dearest June. You will never be forgotten.”
A statement has also been shared by Brown’s family, in which they say she was surrounded by family in her Surrey home.
They penned: “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.”
Brown began her iconic role as Cotton in Albert Square back in 1985. She went on to have a 35-year run and fans were left devastated when she departed from the soap in 2020.
Before appearing on screen, the actress joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service at the end of the Second World War.
After attending London’s Old Vic Theatre School in Lambeth, Brown went on to appear in shows such as Doctor Who and The Bill before her role in EastEnders.
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