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31st Jan 2017

Eastenders Legend June Brown Is Turning 90

Alison Bough

Hard to believe but the Albert Square legend that is June Brown (AKA Dot Cotton) will be celebrating her 90th birthday on the 16th of February.

To celebrate June’s milestone birthday the BBC have announced plans to broadcast a special half-hour documentary next month titled ‘June Brown At 90 – A Walford Legend‘. The show will explore everything from the beloved soap star’s early days in theatre, to the reason she believes she was cast in the role of Dot, as she talks about her life and career.

The first words June Brown ever uttered as Dot Cotton would prove to be a turning point in EastEnders’ history,

“Give us a tea, Lofty. And a glass of water so I can take a Paracetamol.”

In the thirty-minute documentary, the much-loved actress reveals that she was seen as a rival by a fellow cast member in her early days on the soap, and discusses how she coaxed more out of her character than just being a hypochondriac,

“I loved it when Dot went hysterical”

June also reveals the effect her alter-ego Dorothy Branning has had on her life and the opportunities it has given her, from Bafta nominations to revealing all in a West End production of Calendar Girls.

Executive Producer Caroline Wright says the actress is unique,

“June Brown is a one-off, a genuine national treasure. It’s been a privilege to be given the chance to capture her magic.”

The show will feature contributions from many Walford regulars including Danny Dyer, Adam Woodyatt, Gillian Taylforth, Lacey Turner and Natalie Cassidy) who will pay tribute to the birthday girl.

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