Absolutely Fabulous star Dame June Whitfield dies age 93

Actress Dame June Whitfield has died aged 93

Actress Dame June Whitfield has died aged 93

Jane Horrocks, who starred alongside her on Ab Fab, remembered a "versatile, amusing and generous" actress. You were a great source of inspiration to me.

Tributes for the acting veteran have poured in from co-stars such as Jane Horrocks, Miranda Hart and more.

Dame June worked in TV and radio for six decades, including Terry and June.

Older fans will remember her chemistry with the late Terry Scott in Terry and June, the comedy about a middle-class, middle-aged home counties couple. She also continued to appear on radio, voicing Agatha Christie's Miss Marple for nine years on the BBC Radio 4.

At 89, she appeared in EastEnders as Sister Ruth, a nun with a secret about Kat Moon.

Born in Streatham, south London in 1925, Dame June began her career in radio in the 1940s.

June Whitfield was appointed OBE in 1985, CBE in 1998 and DBE in 2017.

Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy, said: "June Whitfield was the North Star of British comedy".

Tributes to her long and successful career in comedy are being made on social media.

Impressionist Rory Bremner called Whitfield the "go-to comedy actress for three generations". She led the way for female comedy and we owe her enormous respect.

"Very sad at the news of the death of the wonderful June Whitfield".

She wrote on Twitter: "I had to check her dressing room was ready".

The pair played mother and daughter in Absolutely Fabulous for five series of the hit sitcom, as well as in the 2016 film.

"Actor David Walliams tweeted: "#JuneWhitfield's incredible career in British comedy stretched all the way from "Hancock's Half Hour" to "Absolutely Fabulous".

"Every actor thinks about retiring at the end of every show", she once said, ". and then the telephone rings.

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