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13th Dec 2022

June Brown’s children appear in Dot Cotton’s funeral scene on EastEnders

Sarah McKenna Barry

Her children – Sophie, Nim and Billy – filled the pews.

EastEnders bid an official farewell to Dot Cotton last night, as the character was laid to rest in a touching funeral scene.

The legendary June Brown played the role from 1985 to 1993, and from 1997 to 2020, before she left the soap. During her original departure, her storyline saw her move to Ireland.

Following June Brown’s death earlier this year, EastEnders announced plans to tie up any loose ends by bidding a proper farewell to Dot.

Earlier this month, Dot’s death was announced in the Queen Vic. In last night’s episode, some of EastEnders’ most beloved characters, and June Brown’s own children – Sophie, Nim and Billy – filled the pews for her funeral.

Other characters in attendance included Sonia Flower (Natalie Cassidy), Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) and Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt). After the on-screen funeral, Dot was buried alongside her best friend Ethel (Gretchen Franklin). The character of Ethel died in 2000, and Franklin passed away five years later.

Several viewers took to Twitter to share their emotional reaction to Dot’s funeral.

One fan wrote: “How lovely was that! I haven’t seen EastEnders for quite a few years, however I purposely watched it last night in tribute to the wonderful June Brown & want to congratulate everyone who took part. It was a glorious send off and absolutely befitting for a TV icon! RIP June/Dot.”

Another viewer wrote: “What a lovely tribute to have them there. This episode must have been a difficult veneer of acting over some very real emotion for those actors who worked with her. Feels fitting for Dot to be laid to rest as well now.”

June Brown passed away in April this year at the age of 95.

June was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2008 for her work in drama and charity in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Along with her role in Eastenders, she also appeared in Coronation Street, The Bill and Mr Bean, as well as multiple theatre productions.

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