Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Tributes as Absolutely Fabulous actress June Whitfield passes away aged 93

Tributes as Absolutely Fabulous actress June Whitfield passes away aged 93

The veteran TV star passed away peacefully, her agent confirmed to BBC journalist Lizo Mzimba.

She also starred in Doctor Who as Minnie Hooper in David Tennant's final episode, and had a brief role in EastEnders as a nun in 2015.

Her other notable roles included a number of appearances in the Carry On films.

She is best known for her role as the mother to Jennifer Saunders' character in the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. She also continued to appear on radio, voicing Agatha Christie's Miss Marple for nine years on the BBC Radio 4.

In 2017 she was appointed a Dame in the Queens Birthday honours.

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".

Comedian Miranda Hart recalls a touching encounter with Whitfield, who responded to an appeal for sponsorship for Edinburgh Festival early on in her career.

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Julia Sawalha, Whitfield's deadpan granddaughter on the show, tweeted her thanks to the late actress for "teaching me my craft".

Tributes to her long and successful career in comedy are being made on social media. She had no airs nor graces, arrived on public transport, and her only rider was a bag of ready salted crisps.

Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy, described Whitfield as "the North Star of British comedy".

Jane Horrocks, who played the character Bubble in Ab Fab, said she was a "wonderful lady", who was "versatile, amusing and generous".

She trained at London's renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and started her career in radio comedy in the 1950s, moving into TV as the new medium eclipsed radio. Mr Aitchison died in 2001.

"Very sad to hear of the death of #JuneWhitfield - one of the nation's most beloved comedy actresses - Carry Ons, Terry & June and too many more to list".

Dame June worked in TV and radio for six decades, including Terry and June. "Always graceful and elegant with a real comic glint in her eye and (absolutely) fabulous timing".

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