June Brown dead – EastEnders Dot Cotton legend dies age 95

EastEnders legend June Brown has passed away at the age of 95, it has been announced.

The Dot Cotton legend's family announced the news in a statement, shared through EastEnders, which read: "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."

Meanwhile, BBC soap EastEnders shared a tribute to June in a statement, which read: "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 2884 episodes, June's remarkable performances created some of EastEnders finest moments. 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."

June was best known for playing Dot Cotton on the soap, a role she undertook for 35 years.

Dot left Albert Square in 2020, to live in Ireland with her grandson Charlie.

The soap always left the door open for Dot's return and she remains the owner of 25 Albert Square, where Sonia Fowler is living.

However, actress June previously ruled out a comeback to the soap. She told Distinct Nostalgia podcast, Brown said: “I don’t want a retainer for EastEnders, I’ve left. I’ve left for good.

“I’ve sent her off to Ireland and that’s where she’ll stay. I’ve left EastEnders. I did make up a limerick. It’s a bit dirty. I went back to do a good story. Alas and alack, when I got back it had gone up in smoke.

“Well that is no joke. I got a small part, a very small part. And that ended up as a big wet fart. Alas and alack, I will never go back.”

June's character Dot had a number of huge storylines over the years. Including helping her dearest and oldest friend Ethel end her own life after she became terminally ill.

Fans also fell in love with Dot's romance with Jim Branning – a love affair which lasted around nine years.

Jim proposed to Dot on the London Eye and the pair married in 2002.

Dot also had a series of gripping storylines alongside her son Nick Cotton – whom she always looked out for, despite his Nasty Nick reputation.

Despite the God-fearing EastEnder leaving Albert Square in 2020, the legend of her character has continued to live on in the soap.

June's acting talents were recognised with a number of accolades including the TV Choice Best Actress award in 2000 A British Soap Award for Best Partnership with John Bardon, who played Jim, in 2002 and a British Soap Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Before her time on EastEnders, June had a number of roles including on Coronation Street, where she played Mrs Parsons.

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