EastEnders legend June Brown was in Corrie before she was Dot Cotton

EastEnders legend June Brown was in Corrie before she was Dot Cotton

April 5, 2022

June Brown is known for her role as Dot Cotton in BBC One’s EastEnders, but did you know she actually appeared in Coronation Street before she was cast as the chain-smoking laundrette owner?

The actress had a minor role in the ITV soap from 1970-71.

June played the role of Mrs Parsons, who paid a visit to Ena Sharples after she took an interest in son Tony’s talent with the harmonium.

June’s character didn’t want to encourage Tony’s music career and often argued with Ena, who wanted to know why she was so against Tony’s musical talents.

In 1985, June joined EastEnders to play the role of Dot Cotton.

June’s time in Coronation Street is being remembered following the announcement of her death yesterday.

A statement read yesterday: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved June Brown, OBE, MBE, sadly passed away last night.

‘There are not enough words to describe how much June was loved and adored by everyone at EastEnders, her loving warmth, wit and great humour will never be forgotten.

‘June created one of the most iconic characters in Dot Cotton, not just in soap but in British television, and having appeared in 2,884 episodes, June’s remarkable performances created some of EastEnders’ finest moments.’

They added: ‘We send all our love and deepest sympathies to June’s family and friends. A very bright light has gone out at EastEnders today but we shall all be raising a sweet sherry in June’s memory.

‘Rest in peace, our dearest June. You will never be forgotten.’

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