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.
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:
Sad news just in.. The brilliant and gorgeous June Whitfield has sadly passed away at the age of 93. Thoughts go out to her family and friends ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9RpDLzStej
— Joanna Lumley OBE (@JoannaLumleyUK) December 29, 2018
— Greg (@Gregs_Art) December 29, 2018
#JuneWhitfield ‘s incredible career in British comedy stretched all the way from ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ to ‘Absolutely Fabulous’. She was always there, always being brilliant. @ferrifrump wrote June one of the funniest lines in television history… https://t.co/zFeBkCgksY
— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) December 29, 2018
“They don’t put fingers on these gloves anymore, dear”.
One of THE best jokes ever delivered on British TV. Thank you, June Whitfield. pic.twitter.com/KTtwG6iXIH
— andy (the vaguely festive version) (@andyetc) December 29, 2018
“And blood is blood Mr Hancock, the world over, it is classified by groups and not by accidents of birth!”
June Whitfield. Formidable, dependable, inimitable. A rock. A gem. pic.twitter.com/1ywuwFPpEh
— Danny Baker (@prodnose) December 29, 2018