June Brown lands first role after quitting EastEnders Dot role

EastEnders star June Brown has landed her first role since quitting the BBC One soap.

The actress — who portrayed Dot Cotton on the long-running serial drama — will star in a new audio drama about separation during the pandemic.

June plays the part of a mother in the drama — entitled Missing You — who is separated from her son, who has Down’s syndrome, during the health crisis.

Writer Richard Vergette said: ‘When writing the role of Margey I had the voice of June Brown in my head and so asked the producer, Ashley Byrne, “Can we find a June Brown-type of actress?”

‘”How about June Brown?” he replied! I still can’t quite believe that a living legend is playing in a piece I’ve written.’

Sam Barnard, who also stars in the drama, revealed his joy at June’s casting.

He said: ‘June is such a legend and a hero of mine since I was little. When I was asked to play this role I said, “Oh, I say!” and did a little dance of joy!’

June portrayed Dot in EastEnders, starting in the serial drama’s 40th episode, before departing in January 2020 during the 6,065th instalment.

In an interview with the Distinct Nostalgia Podcast, June said: ‘I don’t want a retainer for EastEnders, I’ve left. I’ve left for good. I’ve sent her off to Ireland where she’ll stay. I’ve left EastEnders. I did make up a limerick. It’s a bit dirty.’

Missing You will be available on the Distinct Nostalgia podcast from December 26.

EastEnders: Secrets From The Square continues Monday 13 July at 8pm on BBC One.

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