EastEnders legend June Brown has said that if the soap’s bosses ever decide to kill off her character Dot Branning, they’ll probably start by making her a villain.

The actress told The Sun: “If they want to drop you, most often they will give you a rather unpleasant storyline.

“The public always equate the character to the actor – and then everyone says, ‘Oh I don’t like him at all – I’ll be glad when he’s gone’.”

She continued: “They ease it in. You’re in the hands of the Gods.”

June is currently taking a break from the soap to star in the stage version of Calendar Girls but, fortunately for fans, it seems she has no plans to quit Walford permanently.

The 82-year-old said: “I am lucky to have that job – especially in this time of recession. It’s hard for a lot of actors to get a job at all. So you shouldn’t really bite that hand that feeds you.”

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