‘We tried’ June Brown’s EastEnders co-star Adam Woodyatt upset she was ‘never made a Dame’

EastEnders star June Brown dies at the age of 95

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June Brown, famous for her role as Dot Cotton in BBC soap EastEnders, has died aged 95. Her family said she “died very peacefully” at her home on Sunday. 

Dot Cotton was one of the BBC One soap’s favourites with viewers and was one of the show’s longest-running characters. 

Tributes have begun pouring in for the actress on social media.

Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, was left heartbroken that June was never made a Dame before her death, despite his and the rest of the cast’s efforts.

He said: “I’m lost for words, something June never was.

“So many memories, so much fun. Just purely and simply an incredible woman who had the most incredible life and career, I was fortunate to have shared a small part of it.

“They never made you a Dame (we did try), but to me you will always be Dame Brown.”

Gillian Taylforth, who plays Kathy Beale in the soap, said: “I’m truly heartbroken by this news.

“June Brown OBE, MBE, was an amazing woman and a truly wonderful actress. I shared many scenes with her over the years and she was always someone I looked up to and learnt from.

“There will never be another June Brown and I’m sending all my love to her family.”

Holly City actor David Ghadami wrote to his 81,700 followers: “Super-professional. Always brilliant. True legend. RIP June.” 

@THE_Chris_Evans said: “Truly sad news. June was a true one-off and was the absolute heart and soul of Eastenders.” 

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@Sridevta penned: “How sad. What a legend she was. God bless her.” 

@Boue_laur11 wrote: “I am so sad to hear this she was an truly fantastic actress.” 

@PaulPhilipRobe1 commented: “Legend legend true professional RIP June brown.” 

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