Comedy legend June Whitfield dies aged 93

Terry Scott and June Whitfield
June Whitfield with Terry Scott. Photo: BBC

Comedy actress Dame June Whitfield passed away peacefully on Friday night aged 93, her agent has said.

Born June Rosemary Whitfield in Streatham, south London on 11 November 1925, her father was a telephone company executive and her mother an amateur actress who encouraged her young daughter to pursue a career in performing.

She made over 1,300 appearances on film, television and radio for six decades in numerous Carry on Films, Hancock’s Half Hour, BBC sitcom Terry and June, cult favourite Absolutely Fabulous and even American comedy Friends and Doctor Who.

Often playing the female stooge to some of Britain’s most famous entertainers, and called herself “a comic’s tart”.

At the age of 89, she appeared in EastEnders as Sister Ruth and three years later was made a dame.

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