The residents of Albert Square will say their final goodbyes to Dot Cotton in a special episode honoring the death of EastEnders steadfast June Brown, the BBC reports.
rown has become a cultural fixture for her long run as the inimitable Dot Branning – best known as Dot Cotton, the character’s formerly married name – and grant Walford one of his most beloved and most memorable characters.
The actress, who played the hypocrite addicted to cigarettes for more than 30 years, passed away at her home on April 3 at the age of 95.
In a special episode of EastEnders airing this winter, Dot’s friends and family will come together to say their final goodbyes at her funeral after news of her death reached Albert Square .
The character currently lives in Ireland but according to Dot’s wishes, her funeral will be held in Walford, with her family and friends giving her the farewell she deserves, the BBC reports.
Executive producer Chris Clenshaw said: “Everyone at EastEnders was truly heartbroken when June passed away earlier this year and for quite some time no one could have thought of saying goodbye to Dot; An iconic character that will go down in television history and be treasured forever.
“June has always been adamant that she never wanted Dot’s time to end while she was still with us, but she also knew that EastEnders would say the right farewell to Dot when the time was right.
“Sadly the time has come and we are determined to give the audience, who have cherished Dot for so many years, the well-deserved tribute she so much deserves.
“So even though it’s going to be a very, very sad day in Walford, we’re going to give Dot the farewell she and June want and deserve.”
Brown first set foot in Walford’s Albert Square in 1985 in the 40th episode of the series in the role that defined her, resting from 1993 to 1997.
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In 2008, she became the first EastEnders actress to do an entire episode alone.
In it, Cotton recorded her life story on a tape so her husband could listen to it in the hospital after his stroke.
In December 2021, Brown was named an OBE in the New Year’s Honors, as she has been recognized for her television acting and philanthropic services.
She was previously awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors in 2008 for services to drama and charity.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/walford-to-bid-final-farewell-to-eastenders-legend-dot-cotton-41942044.html Walford makes final farewell to EastEnders legend Dot Cotton