Tuesday 23 May 2017

Tributes to 'incredible' EastEnders actress June Brown ahead of awards event

By Lucy Mapstone

She’s a living legend and might take one of the top gongs at the Tric Awards.

Stars from across television have heaped praise on “incredible” veteran EastEnders actress June Brown who is up for an award for her portrayal of Dot Cotton.

June, who turned 90 last month, is nominated for the soap personality prize at this year’s Television and Radio Industries Club Award.

Emmerdale actress Samantha Giles led the tributes on the red carpet before the event in central London, as she thanked June for giving her one of her first acting roles.

Samantha told the Press Association: “I love June. (She) gave me one of my first jobs years ago. I was in a show that she directed in Edinburgh.

“She’s incredible, I really hope she wins today. She’s a fantastic actress and a lovely person.”

John Altman, who played Dot’s son “Nasty” Nick Cotton for 30 years on the soap, called June “incredible”.

He said: “She’s a dear, dear friend and we did a bit of celebrating the past few weeks. It’s been an absolute treat.

“I said ‘I’ve been in business for 40 years’, she said ‘I can beat that darling’.

“Sixty-eight years she’s been working in the business. She’s a legend, she’s incredible, it’s been an absolute treat to work with her.”

June will compete with Coronation Street stars Kym Marsh and Tina O’Brien for the prize.

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