Tears for tele­vi­sion fave June

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AB­SO­LUTELY Fab­u­lous star Dame June Whit­field has died aged 93, writes LIZ PERKINS.

The ac­tress, who played Mother in the BBC show, was best known for her role in sit­com Terry and June.

She passed away peace­fully on Fri­day night, her agent con­firmed.

Lon­don-born Dame June was in TV and ra­dio shows for six decades and had ma­jor roles in Carry On films, Han­cock’s Half Hour, and even Friends.

She also ap­peared in EastEn­ders as Sis­ter Ruth and starred in 12 BBC Ra­dio 4 Agatha Christie adap­ta­tions as Miss Marple from

1993 to 2001.

June was given a dame­hood last year at the age of

92 for her ser­vices to drama and en­ter­tain­ment af­ter be­ing made an OBE in 1985.

Last night, the cause of her death was un­clear but in a re­cent in­ter­view she re­vealed her health was fail­ing and a lack of mo­bil­ity meant the only parts she was able to play were some­one “in bed go­ing to sleep”.

She also told how she stopped watch­ing TV due to the sex and the swear­ing.

June said: “Ev­ery­thing, ev­ery chan­nel, it’s ei­ther some sex scene or a killing of some kind.”

DAME­HOOD: Whit­field

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