EastEnders icon June Brown has been advised by doctors to keep smoking, according to co-star John Altman.
John, who played the evil Nick Cotton, revealed back in 2020 that June, who portrayed chain-smoking Dot on the show, was still smoking ten cigarettes a day.
June, who had smoked for around 70 years, tried to quit in 2019 but was later advised against it.
“Unfortunately, she still smokes, but the doctors told her not to stop now,” John said at the time.
“She loves her Ziggies. She smokes at least ten a day.”
June left EastEnders in 2020 and made a permanent appearance in January of the same year after Dot came to believe Martin Fowler had stolen her money.
In reality it was Sonya.
It was confirmed earlier today that June died at her home in Surrey on Sunday night aged 95 with her family by her side, with a spokesman for EastEnders paying tribute to the legendary actress.
A statement read today: “We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved June Brown, OBE, MBE sadly passed away last night.
“There are not enough words to describe how much June was loved and adored by everyone at EastEnders, her loving warmth, wit and great sense of humor will never be forgotten.
“June has created one of the most iconic characters in Dot Cotton, not just on the soap opera but on British television, and having appeared in 2,884 episodes, June’s remarkable performances have created some of EastEnders’ finest moments.”
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