EastEnders' June Brown delighten fan by taking snaps of the soap set

‘That’s put a tear in my eye’: EastEnders fan reveals ‘kind’ June Brown took photos of herself around the BBC set and sent them to him after he posted a disposable camera to her

June Brown took photos of herself all around the EastEnders set on a disposable camera to give to a young fan.

The beloved actress, who played Dot Cotton on the BBC soap, died on Sunday April 3 aged 95 at her home in Surrey.

One fan took to Twitter and revealed that when he was a child, he sent June a disposable camera with the hopes she could take pictures of the EastEnders set for him after he was told the show didn’t do set tours.

Heartwarming: June Brown took photos of herself all around the EastEnders set on a disposable camera to give to a young fan

Heartwarming: June Brown took photos of herself all around the EastEnders set on a disposable camera to give to a young fan

To his surprise, June took several photos of herself around the EastEnders set with the camera and sent them back to him, admitting they were ‘quite difficult to get’.

The fan wrote: ‘As a kid, gutted that EastEnders didn’t do set tours, I sent #JuneBrown a disposable camera & asked if she could snap some set pics for me instead – the kindnesses of her heart she took time out to snap these for me. What a legend.’

One snap featured June in Dot’s kitchen, along with another sat at her dining table and another in the pub.

She also sent a close-up shot and wrote alongside it: ‘Hope the photos are ok, they were quite difficult to get, love Dot’.

Beloved: The beloved actress, who played Dot Cotton on the BBC soap, died on Sunday April 3 aged 95 at her home in Surrey

Beloved: The beloved actress, who played Dot Cotton on the BBC soap, died on Sunday April 3 aged 95 at her home in Surrey

Touching: One fan took to Twitter and revealed that when he was a child, he sent June a disposable camera with the hopes she could take pictures of the EastEnders set for him after he was told the show didn't do set tours

Touching: One fan took to Twitter and revealed that when he was a child, he sent June a disposable camera with the hopes she could take pictures of the EastEnders set for him after he was told the show didn’t do set tours

Social media users were touched by June’s kind gesture, with one writing: ‘That’s put a smile on my face and a tear in my eye’. 

Another said: ‘This is f*****g brilliant. What a legend,’ while another called the actress an ‘absolute icon’.  

One user wrote: ‘No YOU’RE crying! What a sweet thing to do!’ while another said: ‘Proper icon. Rest in peace’.  

It comes after EastEnders viewers were left ‘heartbroken’ as the BBC soap paid a ‘beautiful’ tribute to June after Monday’s episode. 

Snaps: To his surprise, June took several photos of herself around the EastEnders set with the camera and sent them back to him, admitting they were 'quite difficult to get'

Snaps: To his surprise, June took several photos of herself around the EastEnders set with the camera and sent them back to him, admitting they were ‘quite difficult to get’

Fan: One snap featured June in Dot's kitchen, along with another sat at her dining table and another in the pub

Fan: One snap featured June in Dot’s kitchen, along with another sat at her dining table and another in the pub

The programme concluded with a photo of the actress, who had starred on the show on-and-off between 1985 and 2020, spanning 2,281 episodes.

Following the message, which read: ‘In loving memory of June Brown OBE, MBE. 1927 – 2022,’ adoring fans rushed to Twitter to share their praise for the late star.

They wrote: ‘With tears in my eyes I say farewell June Brown, our beloved Dot Branning (née Cotton). R.I.P. June, you will be greatly missed.’

Reaction: Social media users were touched by June's kind gesture, with one writing: 'That's put a smile on my face and a tear in my eye'

Reaction: Social media users were touched by June’s kind gesture, with one writing: ‘That’s put a smile on my face and a tear in my eye’

A beautiful heartwarming tribute to you Watching June Brown a walford legend on bbc one now beautiful and legendary June Brown we are missing you sweetheart thank you for all the memories in shows and movies rip angel #EastEnders #DotCotton #JuneBrown #JuneBrownRIP.’

‘@bbceastenders lovely to see a tribute to the lovely #JuneBrown on tonight’s show #DotCotton #EastEnders thinking of all her friends and family at this sad time. Fly high June x.’

‘Beautiful tribute to the legendary June Brown R.I.P sleep tight you beautiful angel #Eastenders.’








'I have tears in my eyes': EastEnders viewers were left 'heartbroken' after the BBC soap paid a 'beautiful' tribute to June on Monday (pictured in 2008)

‘I have tears in my eyes’: EastEnders viewers were left ‘heartbroken’ after the BBC soap paid a ‘beautiful’ tribute to June on Monday (pictured in 2008)

Emotional: The programme concluded with a photo of the actress, who had starred on the show on-and-off between 1985 and 2020, spanning 2,281 episodes

Emotional: The programme concluded with a photo of the actress, who had starred on the show on-and-off between 1985 and 2020, spanning 2,281 episodes

‘So sad to see this today! #JuneBrown was an amazing actress and always seemed like she had real charm and character. What a huge loss! #eastenders.

‘What a nice tribute to June brown at the end of tonight’s #EastEnders in loving memory [sad emoji] [broken heart].’

‘Tuned into #Eastenders just in time to see the tribute to June Brown.’

‘RIP to #JuneBrown. You were the heart of Eastenders & with #Babs the pair of you made the program. You were iconic. Rest in Peace wonderful lady.’

Upset: Following the message, which read: 'In loving memory of June Brown OBE, MBE. 1927 - 2022,' adoring fans rushed to Twitter to share their praise for the late star

Upset: Following the message, which read: ‘In loving memory of June Brown OBE, MBE. 1927 – 2022,’ adoring fans rushed to Twitter to share their praise for the late star

‘Heartbroken to hear about the supreme June Brown. She created a true soap icon in Dot Cotton, and I have such wonderful and fun memories of her which I’ll always cherish… including her singing an Ancient Greek prayer to me to explain where my name originated. Rest well, legend!’

For decades, June was one of the most famous faces on British TV, playing the devout Christian famed on Albert Square for her chain smoking, gossiping and mothering of those in need.

Her relationship with her tearaway son Nasty Nick Cotton, John Altman, who she forgave and forgave for his crimes until she gave up on him and he died after consuming a bad batch of heroin bought for him by his very own mother.

Her loving relationship with Jim Branning, played by John Bardon, would captivate millions, leaving fans in tears as she said goodbye to him following a stroke.

Sad: June led a life that was as dramatic and tragic off-screen as her on-screen character Dot Cotton, as the actress' death was announced by the BBC on Monday (pictured in 1997)

Sad: June led a life that was as dramatic and tragic off-screen as her on-screen character Dot Cotton, as the actress’ death was announced by the BBC on Monday (pictured in 1997)

Brown’s family revealed she died peacefully on Sunday while the BBC urged fans to raise a glass of sweet sherry in her memory. The star still loved a tipple and a cigarette well into her 90s.

An EastEnders spokesman said: ‘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.

Stunning: An EastEnders spokesman said: 'We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved June Brown, OBE, MBE, sadly passed away last night' (pictured in her youth)

Stunning: An EastEnders spokesman said: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved June Brown, OBE, MBE, sadly passed away last night’ (pictured in her youth)








‘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.

‘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.’

A statement from her family said: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce our beloved mother, June, passed away very peacefully at her home in Surrey on Sunday evening, with her family by her side.

‘We would kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time.’

Dot Cotton’s Biggest Storylines

History: Dot has been involved in a number of dramatic storylines throughout her years in Walford

History: Dot has been involved in a number of dramatic storylines throughout her years in Walford 

Dot’s debut – 1985: Dot Cotton made her debut in EastEnders in July of that year as the mother of notorious criminal Nick Cotton and the best friend of Ethel Skinner. Despite Nick stealing from his mother and attempting to poison her, Dot believes he can be redeemed.

Dot temporarily leaves Albert Square – 1993: Nick’s girlfriend Zoe Newton arrives in Walford and introduces Dot to their nine-year-old son, Ashley Cotton.  Dot becomes close with her grandson and Zoe asks her to move to Gravesend with them.

Nick is thrown behind bars when Dot returns – 1997: Dot moves back to the square after Nigel Bates tracks her down. Nick has been arrested for drug possession and she is shocked when he returns unexpectedly. He begins stealing from her again and falsely claims to have AIDS. Dot discovers the lie and reports him to the police.

Dot helps her friend Ethel to die – 2000: Ethel begs Dot to help end her life after she comes terminally ill. Torn between her deeply held Christian beliefs against euthanasia and her friend’s wishes, Dot ultimately helps Ethel to die with pills, but later thinks she should be jailed for murder. Feeling she should be punished, Dot ends up in court for shoplifting. She is jailed for 14 days for contempt of court following an outburst in the courtroom. 

Dot ties the knot for a second time – 2002: Dot starts a relationship with neighbour Jim Branning. When he proposes, she is overwhelmed and leaves Walford. Jim perseveres and proposes to Dot a second time when they visit the London Eye on Christmas Eve. They decide to have a platonic marital relationship. 

Dot appears in EastEnders’ first ever single-handed episode – 2008: In an emotional episode, Dot recorded a message for her husband Jim after he suffered a stroke. The episode featured only her character and June was praised by viewers for her emotional performance. 

Dot watches on as Nick dies – 2015: After years of forgiving him for his crimes, Dot accepts Nick’s inability to change. After he asks her to buy him heroin, she agrees and gives it to him. Nick confesses he murdered Reg Cox as he lays dying and Dot decides not to call an ambulance to save him.  

Sonia steals from Dot – 2019: Sonia resorts to stealing from her step-grandmother after a blackmail threat from Martin’s hit-and-run victim. She covers her tracks by claiming hackers are to blame after trying to steal thousands from Dot’s bank account. 

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