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Absolutely Fabulous actress June Whitfield dies

Absolutely Fabulous actress June Whitfield dies

Sweetie darling: Much loved Ab Fab star dead at 93.
National treasure: June Whitfield passed away in her sleep. Photo: YouTube
National treasure: June Whitfield passed away in her sleep. Photo: YouTube

Dame June Whitfield, one of the stars of hit comedy show, Absolutely Fabulous, died suddenly last night, at the age of 93.

The actress won the hearts of fans around the world as Edina (Eddie) Monsoon’s long suffering mother in the series, which had a huge gay following.

Dame June’s agent issued a statement today saying that she ‘passed away peacefully last night’.

June’s career started way back in the 1940s and she starred in some of the earliest Carry On films. However, she was best known for her role inBBC

Terry and June and Happy Ever After in the 1970s and 80s.

Household name: Whitfield was best known as wife June in BBC comedy series Terry & June. Photo: BBC
Household name: Whitfield was best known as wife June in BBC comedy series Terry & June. Photo: BBC

Ab Fab hit series brought her a new generation of adoring fans

But it was Absolutely Fabulous that many exposed the star to a new generation of fans. She was given some of the best deadpan lines as a foil to Jennifer Saunders’ manic PR woman, Edina Monsoon, in the series.

The actress became a dame only last year. However she was awarded an OBE in 1985, followed by a CBE in 1998.

Earlier this week she hit the headlines again, saying there was ‘too much sex and swearing’ on TV these days. She also told David Hamilton on BBC Radio Sussex that political correctness means you ‘can’t make a joke out of anything.’

Tributes have flooded in from fans and fellow actors. Here are a small selection of them:

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