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Carry On actress June Whitfield has died, aged 93

Carry On actress June Whitfield has died, aged 93

She later starred in the 2016 Absolutely Fabulous movie.

She also worked on various Tony Hancock radio and TV shows and starred in several Carry On films.

Her age didn't hold her back either, featuring on the BBC show EastEnders at the age of 89.

Dame June's rep said she "passed away peacefully last night".

Whitfield's big break came as a lead role in the radio comedy Take It From Here in 1953.

She also starred in United States sitcom Friends in 1998, where she played a housekeeper in an episode where Ross prepares to marry Emily, and Rachel makes a last minute flight to England to tell Ross she loves him and try to win him back.

Dame June rose to prominence through roles in sitcoms "Terry and June" and "Absolutely Fabulous", and had myriad stage and screen credits to her name.

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She also appeared in Carry On films and featured in the USA sitcom Friends.

Meanwhile her radio work included her portrayal of Miss Marple in 12 BBC Radio 4 adaptations of Agatha Christie novels.

The television star was made an Officer of the British Empire in 1985, and was given a damehood in 2017.

Tributes to her long and successful career in comedy are being made on social media.

Tributes to the star poured in from the world of British comedy. "She was always there, always being brilliant".

"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". She was 93 years old.

"Thank you #[Dame June Whitfield], for teaching me my craft with such grace and dignity", Julia Sawalha, who played Whitfield's granddaughter on Absolutely Fabulous, tweeted Saturday.