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Dame June Whitfield after she was made a dame at Buckingham Palace in November 2017. Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/PA Images
Absolutely Fabulous

'North Star of British comedy' June Whitfield dies aged 93

Her career spanned seven decades and included roles in Absolutely Fabulous, Terry and June and Eastenders.

DAME JUNE WHITFIELD, famous for her roles in British sitcoms Absolutely Fabulous and Terry and June, has died aged 93.

Whitfield’s agent confirmed that the London-born actor had a “peaceful” death on Friday.

Her career spanned seven decades and included roles in the Carry On films, Hancock’s Half Hour, Friends and Eastenders.

Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy, described Whitfield as “the North Star of British comedy“.

“Her spectacular career is unparalleled in its longevity, with seven decades of being a key element in numerous high-profile and successful shows.

“She was the go-to female comedy performer of her generation and was always in demand from the cream of British comedy. She led the way for female comedy and we owe her enormous respect.”

Several co-stars are among those to have paid tribute to Whitfield.

Fellow Absolutely Fabulous actor Joanna Lumley told ITV News she was “heartbroken to lose such a darling friend” who would “always have a most special place in my heart”.

She said she would never forget “her sensational talent, humour and her generosity”.

Julia Sawalha, who played her granddaughter in Absolutely Fabulous, said Whitfield had been a “great source of inspiration” to her but was “far too humble to accept my adoration”.

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