BBC1 to screen June Brown At 90, a celebration of the EastEnders legend, in February

The classic EastEnders actress June Brown turns 90 on February 16 – and the BBC1 has a special programme scheduled to mark the occasion

The BBC has scheduled a half-hour conversation with EastEnders legend June Brown, to celebrate her 90th birthday in February.

June Brown At 90 – A Walford Legend screens on Thursday, February 16, and will feature the actress, who has famously played Dot Cotton/Branning since May 1985, talking about her life and career.

The documentary will also feature Danny Dyer, Adam Woodyatt, Gillian Taylforth, Rudolph Walker, Lacey Turner and Natalie Cassidy paying tribute to their co-star.

“Give us a tea, Lofty. And a glass of water so I can take a Paracetamol.” Those were the first words June Brown ever uttered as Dot Cotton. And they would prove to be a turning point in EastEnders’ history.

From her early days in theatre to the reason she believes she was cast in the role of Dot (she turned up to the audition on time and she liked a cigarette), June Brown’s views on almost everything are both surprising and entertaining. She reveals that she’d had her horoscope read and was told that on 31 May 1985, ‘I would have a spectacular success’…

That date would turn out to be June’s first day on the EastEnders set.

During the chat She talks of how in the early days she was seen as a rival by a fellow cast member, and how she coaxed more out of her character than just being a hypochondriac (“I loved it when Dot went hysterical”). She also reveals the effect Dot Cotton has had on her life and the opportunities it has given her, from Bafta nominations to revealing all in Calendar Girls.

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