June Whitfield and Jan Harvey to guest star on EastEnders

The two actress will appear in storylines that promise to shed new light on the histories of Kat and Sharon

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TV legends June Whitfield and Jan Harvey are to make guest appearances on EastEnders this spring.

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June Whitfield – best known for her work on sitcoms Terry & June and Absolutely Fabulous – will appear for one episode only alongside soap stalwart Jessie Wallace. Jan Harvey, who starred as Jan Howard in 1980s’ Sunday night favourite Howards’ Way, will share her scenes with Letitia Dean.

“I have watched EastEnders for years and have been so impressed by the standard of acting,” said Whitfield. “It was an absolute delight to work with Jessie Wallace and I am very excited to be part of the show.”

Added Harvey: “I loved working on such an iconic show. Everyone was so welcoming. EastEnders is really like one big family.”

Show bosses are remaining tight lipped about who the actresses will be playing, but executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins commented: 

“We are extremely privileged to have two British television legends joining us for guest roles as Albert Square heads into the spring.

“Both June and Jan are class acts, bringing warmth and humanity to two characters who will shed some light on the pasts of two of our most iconic women – Sharon Mitchell and Kat Moon – changing both their lives in very different ways…”

Viewers can see June Whitfield’s appearance in May, while Jan Harvey will be on screen next month.

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