EastEnders legend June Brown leads tributes to late Dr Legg actor Leonard Fenton
June Brown OBE has led the tributes to Leonard Fenton, the EastEnders actor who passed away on Monday 31 January.
The soap legend, 95, led the praise to the actor who starred as Dr Legg from the first ever episode of the soap, in 1985.
The Albert Square GP died on Sunday 30 Januuary at the age of 95. And his co-star, who plays the legendary figure Dot Cotton, shared a touching message dedicated to Leonard.
June touchingly shared: "I first met Leonard as Dr. Legg when I joined the cast of EastEnders as Dot, his hypochondriac patient, in 1985."
Speaking about his personal qualities, the actress continued: "He was a charming man in all ways, first as a person and then as an actor, extremely polite and kind. I enjoyed working with him enormously for many years and missed him when he retired."
Dr Legg and Dot Cotton shared many classic scenes of the BBC soap together.
Reflecting on working with the late actor June added: "I was glad that I’d been with him for his last scene with Dot at his bedside and my thoughts are with his devoted family."
Walford's iconic doctor clearly left a lasting impression on many of his fellow stars.
Natalie Cassidy, who plays the soap's long running character Sonia Jackson, added to the praise of the much-loved actor.
The actress told to the BBC she was "honoured their paths had crossed". Natalie continued: "I had the pleasure to work with Leonard.
"He was utterly charming, continuously joked with me and loved talking about his past."
Leonard was best known for his role as Dr Legg on EastEnders in an acting career which spanned more than 60 years. He stopped playing the character in 1997 in a full time role but made several cameos until Dr Legg's death in 2018.
In a statement posted by EastEnders' social media pages, his family shared the sad news.
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They wrote: "He worked in TV and film and his long stage career included time at the National Theatre and most recently the Royal Shakespeare Company. He felt privileged to have worked with some of the greats of the theatre, including Samuel Beckett, Orson Welles and Jonathan Miller."
The statement continued: "His passion for painting and singing pre-dated his acting career and was equally as important to him. He will be missed beyond words by his family.
"We feel incredibly lucky to have been able to be with him as his health worsened towards the end – a privilege denied to so many during these tough times."
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