Death: Dot Cotton’s June Brown, Albert Square – June Brown, who died at the age of 95, was best known for her role as Dot Cotton, the chain-smoking washerwoman in EastEnders. It was a role she would play for more than 30 years, well after she became 90. Brown was a hoot in person. “Kenneth Williams stuck in the body of Cilla Black,” wrote one Guardian writer.
According to bbc.com, Her private life, like her on-screen presence, was marked by extremes of emotion, including enormous happiness, romantic love affairs, horrible heartbreak, and familial sorrow.
June Muriel Brown was born in the Suffolk town of Needham Market in 1927. Her father, Harry, was a successful businessman who went bankrupt before WWII by depositing money in German institutions.
June was sure that her mother, Louisa, a milliner, loved her less than her four other siblings. Brown considers herself to be a “mongrel.” Her grandfather was Scottish, while her mother was of Italian descent.