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'She was so loved' - Ab fab stars pay tribute to 'extraordinary' June

'She was so loved' - Ab fab stars pay tribute to 'extraordinary' June

The British actress died at her home on Friday night (December 28), her agent confirmed.

The veteran TV star's career spanned eight decades in which she starred in the long-running sitcom Terry and June as well as the Carry On film franchise.

She later starred in Absolutely Fabulous as Jennifer Saunders' mother, a role she reprised just two years ago in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

Depending on your age she was the Carry On star, June in Terry and June or gran in Absolutely Fabulous.

In a statement to Press Association, Saunders said: 'It's so tremendously sad to lose June. She winked at me.

She told ITV News she is "heartbroken" to have lost "such a darling friend" and went on to praise June's "sensational talent, humour and her generosity".

The qualities that June Whitfield brought to her acting - intelligence, imperturbability and an eye for detail were ones she was born with. Always graceful & elegant with a real comic glint in her eye & (absolutely) fabulous timing'.

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"Thank you Dame June Whitfield", she said on Twitter. I will always be grateful that she agreed to be in Ab Fab and even more grateful that she became a dear friend.

'She will always have a most special place in my heart'.

Julia Sawalha, who played her granddaughter Saffy in Absolutely Fabulous, said Whitfield had been a "great source of inspiration" to her as a young actress but was "far too humble to accept my adoration".

The actress always said she was "very bad at getting round to things".

"If you love doing something, continue with it, that is my philosophy, and I would urge others to do the same".

She received the honour from Prince Charles in a Buckingham Palace ceremony in 2017.


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