'Absolutely Fabulous' Actress June Whitfield Dead at 93

Dame June Whitfield after she was made a dame by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in November 2017

Actress Dame June Whitfield has died aged 93

June had myriad stage and screen credits to her name and in the 1990s, she appeared in American hit "Friends".

Dame June Whitfield, a longtime fixture of British television best known today for her role in Absolutely Fabulous, died on Friday at the age of 93.

She recently appeared in the soap EastEnders and reprised her role as the light-fingered mother of Jennifer Saunders' main character in the movie-length version of Absolutely Fabulous.

Some of Whitfield's greatest successes came with Terry Scott, with whom she built a chemistry audiences loved. The series was broadcast between 1979 and 1987 and had nearly 15m...

Her Majesty the Queen once did an impression for Whitfield mimicking the actresses' voice from the 1953 radio comedy "Take It From Here".

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Stars such as Tony Hancock, Frankie Howerd, Ronnie Barker, Benny Hill, Bob Monkhouse and Tommy Cooper all clamoured to work with her.

The pair played mother and daughter in Absolutely Fabulous for five series of the hit sitcom, as well as in the 2016 film. I always wanted you to know how in awe of you I was, however, you were always far too humble to accept my adoration.

Tributes to her long and successful career in comedy are being made on social media. I will always be grateful that she agreed to be in Ab Fab and even more grateful that she became a dear friend.

Saunders said: "It's so tremendously sad to lose June. Dame June replied", Miranda Hart tweeted. The chemistry between the unflappable June and her hare-brained husband was so real that many viewers believed they were married in real life and the show attracted audiences of 15million.

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