The husband of the late EastEnders star Dame Barbara Windsor has described June Brown as “a true force of nature” and a “one of a kind” following her death aged 95.
Scott Mitchell, who was married to Dame Barbara from 2000 until her death in December 2020 aged 83, was close friends with Brown and worked as her agent for several years.
He said he will now envision Dame Barbara, Brown and On The Buses actress Anna Karen, who played Aunt Sal in EastEnders and died in a house fire earlier this year aged 85, in heaven together.
He told the PA news agency: “I am so sad to hear of June’s passing. Not only was she a close, dear friend of mine and Barbara, but I had the privilege of being June’s agent for a number of years.
“A true force of nature that created one of the most iconic soap characters of all time in Dot Cotton. Up there with the big ones.
“Speaking of which, I’m imagining a cloud in the sky that June, Barbara and Anna Karen are sitting on now.
“My advice to any angels nearby would be to approach with caution.
“Rest in peace June dearest, you were one of a kind and all the best to her family.”
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After Dame Barbara’s death, Brown said she became “great friends” with “Babs” while they worked on the soap together.
She told the PA news agency: “We had adjoining dressing rooms and she used to come over for coffee and we would go to lunch together. She kept me updated on all the gossip.
“I wish we’d had more scenes together, but our only one was on her last episode when Dot said goodbye to Peggy because she knew she was dying.”
Brown said they spoke regularly on the phone after Dame Barbara’s departure from the soap.
“On our last call she asked me where I was several times – I finally said ‘I’m home’ and her comment was ‘I’d like to come to your house’ but it was too late for that.”
She added that her friend would “always be alive in my thoughts.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/dame-barbara-windsors-husband-remembers-june-brown-as-true-force-of-nature-41519346.html Dame Barbara Windsor’s husband remembers June Brown as a ‘true force of nature’