June Whitfield, 'Absolutely Fabulous' Actress, Dead at 93

Dame June Whitfield has died at the age of 93

Dame June Whitfield has died at the age of 93

Actress Dame June Whitfield has died at the age of 93.

The London-born actress passed away on Friday with her agent saying she died peacefully according to the BBC.

A few years ago, she also appeared in EastEnders as Sister Ruth.

And Spice Girls singer Emma Bunton paid her own tribute to Dame June, who made her feel comfortable on set.

She said she had seen "a lot of change" in the course of her long career, notably that now "it's so much more about money".

Comedian Julian Clary added he "adored" the star, who was made a dame in the 2017 Birthday Honours for her services to drama and entertainment.

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Dame June Whitfield was a constant presence in British post-war comedy. At the time of receiving her damehood, Whitfield revealed that in a previous encounter with Queen Elizabeth she discovered the head of the Commonwealth was a fan of one of her earliest radio roles, Eth in BBC Radio's Take it from Here.

She later starred in the 2016 Absolutely Fabulous movie. I cried then too'.

"Her spectacular career is unparalleled in its longevity with seven decades of being a key element in numerous high profile and successful shows".

Impressionist Rory Bremner called Whitfield the "go-to comedy actress for three generations". She led the way for female comedy and we owe her enormous respect.

He wrote: "June Whitfield's incredible career in British comedy stretched all the way from "Hancock's Half Hour" to "Absolutely Fabulous".

In 1968, Whitfield and Terry Scott started their long TV partnership, including roles as husband and wife in Happy Ever After (1974-78) and Terry and June (1979-87).

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