June Browns Coronation Street stint before legendary EastEnders role as Dot Cotton

EastEnders legend June Brown has tragically passed away at the age of 95, it was announced on Monday 4 April.

The BBC One soap confirmed the sad news in a statement, which read: "We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved June Brown, OBE, MBE sadly passed away last night."

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

However, this wasn't the actress' first soap role as she enjoyed a short stint in Coronation Street as Mrs. Parsons from 1970 until 1971.

In 2017, the ITV soap shared a throwback clip of one of June's scenes to celebrate her then 90th birthday.

In the brief clip, it shows June's character with Ena Sharples – played by Violet Carson – giving her son Tony – played by David Hill – music lessons.

The video also includes Sally Dynevor – who plays Sally Metcalfe on the cobbles – wishing June a happy 90th birthday before revealing that the soap had a "big surprise" for her.

However, despite making her first soap debut in 1970, it took June 15 years until she joined EastEnders in 1985 as the iconic Dot Cotton, a role she played for 35 years until 2020.

Earlier today, BBC One released a statement about June's passing, it read: "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.

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"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."

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