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June Brown at 90: A Walford Legend
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There’s a brilliant EastEnders behind-the-scenes documentary, made in 1986, in which interviewer John Pitman asks June Brown (who’d been playing Dot for a little over a year) whether she was worried about what might appear in the press about “liaisons from the past”. To which Brown replies: “Oh no. Not really. Well, most of them are dead.” It was a typically off-kilter, eccentric response from someone who, even then, was starting to eclipse Wendy Richard as the real female star of the BBC1 soap.
Over three decades on, Brown is still ensconced as Walford’s scripture-quoting moral guardian and – on this, the occasion of her 90th birthday – colleagues such as Danny Dyer, Gillian Taylforth and Adam Woodyatt all queue up to pay tribute.
The EastEnders actress looks back on her life and career in a special programme to mark her 90th birthday. She touches on the reasons she believes she was cast as Dot Cotton - a role she has played since 1985 - how in the early days a fellow cast member saw her as a rival, and the opportunities the soap has given her - from Bafta nominations to appearing on stage in Calendar Girls. There are also tributes from friends and colleagues including Danny Dyer, Adam Woodyatt, Gillian Taylforth, Rudolph Walker, Lacey Turner and Natalie Cassidy.
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