June: Dot is my life’

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Emma Pryer TV ED­I­TOR

EASTEN­DERS le­gend June Brown has vowed never to re­tire from act­ing, ad­mit­ting her work is what “keeps me alive”.

The star, famed for play­ing chain- smok­ing Dot Cot­ton in the BBC soap, turns 90 on Thurs­day.

But she tells Kirsty Young on Desert Is­land Discs to­day: “I can be feel­ing like death warmed up when I come i n, shoul­ders droop­ing. Then I’m alive. It keeps me alive.

“I think that’s why many peo­ple get ill and lonely when t hey’re older. Lone­li­ness and hav­ing no mo­ti­va­tion, noth­ing to work to­wards, kills you.”

Among June’s choice of songs for the Ra­dio 4 show is Cliff Richard’s 1959 hit Living Doll.

And she jokes that her lux­ury on the is­land would be “a packet of to­bacco seeds” so she can smoke.

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