Dot’s just cot­toned on: she’s one of us

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front Page - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

AC­TRESS JUNE Brown has dis­cov­ered that her an­ces­tors were Sephardi Jews ex­pelled from Africa dur­ing the Span­ish in­qui­si­tion.

The EastEnders star, who has played Al­bert Square gos­sip Dot Cot­ton since 1985, is the lat­est celebrity to learn more about her Jewish her­itage on the BBC se­ries Who Do You Think You Are?

On the pro­gramme, to be broad­cast next Wed­nes­day on BBC1, Ms Brown found out that her great-great grandfa- ther, Isaac Bit­ton, was a cham­pion bareknuckle fighter. He was de­scribed in a 1908 Jewish Chron­i­cle as one of the “Jews who were equal to the best”.

The show traced the 84-year-old ac­tress’s roots through Spain and Am­s­ter­dam and back to 17th-cen­tury Al­ge­ria. “They talk about the wan­der­ing Jew and they seem to have wan­dered all the time,” she said.

She is proud of her new-found roots. “I feel more con­nected,” she said.

PHOTO: BBC PIC­TURES

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