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June Whitfield dies aged 93

The actress was known for roles in Absolutely Fabulous, Terry and June and Last of the Summer Wine

June Whitfield
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June Whitfield has died aged 93.

The actress, who died peacefully on Friday night according to her agent, was known predominantly for her roles on television, including as Edina's mother in Absolutely Fabulous and in the wildly popular Terry and June opposite Terry Scott. Other appearances included in Doctor Who, EastEnders and in Last of the Summer Wine. On the silver screen she appeared in four Carry On films.

Born in Streatham in 1925, she trained at RADA before making her acting debut in 1944. Her stage appearances over the decades include performing in Ace of Clubs (created by Noël Coward), South Pacific, An Ideal Husband and English National Opera's production of On The Town. She played Miss Marple on BBC Radio 4 for eight years between 1993 and 2001, and appeared on the radio premiere of Mike Bartlett's Not Talking in 2006.

Whitfield was awarded an OBE in 1985, and a CBE in 2000. Last year she became a Dame. She released an autobiography entitled ...And June Whitfield.

Tributes poured in from the likes of Joanna Lumley, Miranda Hart and David Walliams.