June Brown dead – EastEnders' beloved Dot Cotton's final emotional appearance before death aged 95

LEGENDARY EastEnders’s actress June Brown left the soap with an emotional farewell before her death aged 95.

The acting icon, best known for her role as Dot Cotton in the much-loved BBC show, passed away peacefully on Sunday with her family by her side.


The BBC announced the tragic death this afternoon – as EastEnders hailed her the actress behind one of the "most iconic characters."

June made her final appearance on the soap in January 2020, when her character Dot Cotton left for Ireland.

She left a card and a voice note for Sonia, Natalie Cassidy, after being told that Martin, played by James Bye, had stolen money, before asking him to leave.

Devastated fans at the time demanded a fitting farewell for the popular character, after her shock announcement that she was leaving after playing the role for 35 years.

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Brown first played Dot, a chain-smoking, devout Christian and hypochondriac, in 1985, and starred in her final TV appearance in 2020.

Before that she struck up an unlikely friendship with Lady Gaga after appearing on the Graham Norton show together in April 2019.

As the last star to get on Grahams infamous red sofa, June was alongside the singer, as well as comedian Greg Davies and Jude Law.

Lady Gaga was thrilled when the legendary actress joined her on the show, holding her ever present e-cigarette.

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The singer called her “fabulous” and said that she looked “amazing” before Jude Law helped the then 92-year-old out of her coat.

She added: “I’m a very big fan of yours, you are so fabulously dressed and I’m very honoured to be seated next to you. She speaks my language.”

Speaking when she appeared on Loose Woman a month later, in May 2019, June said that she and the Applause singer had hit it off.

She told the panel: "I just met her on The Graham Norton Show. I was last to come on, and she was so lovely.

“So respectful. Once I got on, we sort of took over the show. I was wondering if I should've sat on Graham's lap."



The pair then shared a glass of wine backstage at the show and June was invited to a London nightclub by Gaga.

June added: "Lady Gaga invited me to go to Annabels, unfortunately I was doing Piers Morgan the next day.

"I had to be early in the morning – and I thought to myself 'I can’t go clubbing.'"

Soap royalty June was on the ITV series to talk about her life as Dot, as well as staking part on “Hard to Please: OAPS”.

Paying tribute to the star after confirming her death today, a spokesperson for the soap said: "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."

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A statement from Brown's family said: "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."


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