Actress Dame June Whitfield has died aged 93

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December 30, 2018

Joanna Lumley, who played Edina's hard-drinking and promiscuous friend Patsy Stone, said she was "heartbroken" by her death.

While Absolutely Fabulous producer Jon Plowman said that "there was no-one with more warmth or a better ability to just place a line, always an act of utter precision".

Comedienne Miranda Hart tweeted: 'So very sad.' She added: 'I once sent a letter to many actors, as a budding (I mean desperate) comedy actor, to ask for sponsorship for the Edinburgh Festival.

Aged 92, she was appointed a dame at Buckingham Palace. I cried then too'.

At 89, she appeared in EastEnders as Sister Ruth, a nun with a secret about Kat Moon.

Among those clamouring to work with her were Tony Hancock, Frankie Howerd, Ronnie Barker, Benny Hill, Bob Monkhouse and Tommy Cooper.

Writer Jack Monroe remembered working with Dame June for the dramatisation of her first book, A Girl Called Jack, on Radio 4.

She also appeared the popular Carry On film series which included Carry On Nurse (1959), Carry on overseas (1972) and Carry on Girls (1973).

Dame June worked in TV and radio for six decades, including Terry and June.

Whitfield married her husband Timothy Aitchison in 1955, he died in 2001. I don't live in fear of not getting parts. Very English, and nothing wrong with that'. "Always graceful and elegant with a real comic glint in her eye and (absolutely) fabulous timing". She was originally only set to appear in one episode, but became a fixture on the show.

Dame June Whitfield, the television star who delighted audiences for generations, has died at the age of 93.

They were among a stream of stars posting tributes to Dame June, whose career in acting spanned eight decades.

The creator of the sitcom, in which Dame June starred, said she would "hugely" miss her "dear friend".

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