By Tony Winterburn • 21 February 2020 • 7:58
June Brown has quit EastEnders after 35 years as Dot Cotton. Credit: BBC Handout
EastEnders’ most iconic star June Brown has quit the BBC soap after 35 years playing laundrette worker Dot Cotton.
The 93-year-old says she left the BBC soap, celebrating its 35th anniversary this week, due to a lack of decent storylines. She described her soap exit as “almost as if [she’s] been bereaved”.
Dot is one of the soap’s best-known characters but has been absent from the soap since last month. The laundrette worker left a voicemail for Sonia Fowler (played by Natalie Cassidy) saying she’d gone to Ireland.
Speaking on the Distinct Nostalgia podcast to her former co-star Rani Singh, who played Sufia Karim in the 1980s, June said: “I don’t want a retainer for EastEnders, I’ve left. I’ve left for good.
Brown is perhaps EastEnders’ best-known star and played the larger-than-life Dot, known for her devout Christian faith and hypochondria. The veteran actress arrived on Albert Square shortly after the soap began in 1985.
Aside from a break between 1993 and 1997, has been a regular since.
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