Thursday 23 November 2017

Eastenders star June Brown says she'll never quit playing Dot Cotton: 'It keeps me alive'

June Brown as Dot 'Cotton' Branning in Eastenders
June Brown as Dot 'Cotton' Branning in Eastenders
June Brown as Dot 'Cotton' Branning in Eastenders
June Brown as Dot 'Cotton' Branning in Eastenders
June Brown as Dot 'Cotton' Branning in Eastenders
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Eastenders actress June Brown says playing Dot Cotton is "keeping her alive".

The 89-year-old tv star has been on the BBC soap since (nearly) the beginning as she joined the show as Dot 'Cotton' Branning in 1985, just six months after it debuted.

Speaking on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, the popular actress was asked by Kirsty Young about the possibility of retiring when she responded, "No not at all, I couldn't possibly. What would I do?"

She said her role on the soap encourages her to keep going and thwart off loneliness which can come with old age, saying that acting gives her energy and motivation she didn't know she had.

June Brown as Dot 'Cotton' Branning in Eastenders
June Brown as Dot 'Cotton' Branning in Eastenders

"It's like people can go on stage and break an ankle and they don't notice till they come off," she explained.

"I can be feeling like death warmed up when I come in, and then I'm alive. It keeps me alive.

"I think that's why a lot of people are very lonely and get ill when they're older, because I think loneliness and having no motivation, nothing to work towards... I think it kills you."

As for her desert island essentials? Much like her chain smoking onscreen persona, Brown said she would grow her own tobacco from seeds if she was stranded and her songs included Cliff Richard's Living Doll and Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters.

June Brown as Dot 'Cotton' Branning in Eastenders
June Brown as Dot 'Cotton' Branning in Eastenders
June Brown as Dot 'Cotton' Branning in Eastenders
June Brown as Dot 'Cotton' Branning in Eastenders

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