EastEnders cameos for June Brown’s real-life children in Dot funeral episode


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EastEnders bosses have revealed that three of June Brown’s real-life children will play a role in Dot Branning’s funeral episode next week.

The BBC soap has prepared an emotional tribute to June’s iconic character, which airs in a specially-extended edition on Monday (December 12).

June passed away in April this year at the age of 95. Earlier this month, news reached Albert Square that Dot – who’d been living off-screen in Ireland – had died peacefully in her sleep.

Speaking to Digital Spy and other media at an EastEnders press event this week, executive producer Chris Clenshaw commented: “This is a very special episode for us. It’s one we’d rather not have had to do as it means having to say a final farewell to one of our most loved characters.

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“When we said goodbye to June Brown earlier this year, we knew at some point we were going to have to say goodbye to Dot.

“I’m sure June won’t mind us saying that when she was with us, she was adamant that she didn’t want Dot to be killed off. She did of course know that when she did sadly leave us, that it was the right thing to do and we had to give her and the audience the send off they deserve.

“So after some time, we knew we couldn’t put it off for much longer and we started to discuss these episodes.

“We of course spoke to June’s family, who also knew that this was what their mother would have wanted.

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“In fact, June’s children Nim, Sophie and Billy knew how much EastEnders meant to their mother, so much so that they requested to attend Dot’s funeral to say their goodbyes, which was absolutely lovely for all of us involved.”

He added: “Obviously EastEnders meant a lot to June and it was a big part of their lives too. So they approached us – they asked if they could be part of the episode and we thought it was a lovely idea.

“You might get a tiny glimpse of them, as they’re sitting with [Dot’s great-nephew] Reiss in the church.

“They got in touch with us after we shot the episode saying that they had an absolutely wonderful day, because the cast were reminiscing and sharing stories about June. It was a really nice moment.”

EastEnders airs on Mondays – Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.

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