EastEnders star June Brown has revealed how her first love broke her heart when he became a spy
The 89-year-old actress, best known for portraying Dot Cotton in the BBC soap, told host Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4s Desert Island Discs how Raoul had escaped from Belgium and was living with her family when she fell madly in love with him.
But he was called up and deployed back to his homeland to help the Belgian underground.
June said: “He had a very good voice and we used to stand around the piano and mother would play, and he’d sing and she’d sing and we’d all sing, and I was very much in love with him. “By this time he was called up into the Army… he told his mother that he was going to marry me when I was 16.
June described how she travelled to London desperate to find him
“But in that time they decided that they would use him in a better fashion and he became a spy. When he came back, well he was involved with somebody else and he married her. So that was very sad.”
He told his mother that he was going to marry me when I was 16
June went on to describe how she travelled to London, desperate to find him. She said: “Well I suppose it [broke my heart]. I was stunned when I realised what had happened. What happened was that we were always writing to each other and the letters just stopped and I didn’t know what had happened.”
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The actress chose Living Doll by Cliff Richard as one choice for Desert Island Disks
June chose to play Chanson Du Coeur Brise, a song that she listened to in the aftermath of her heartbreak, as one of her Desert Island Discs. Her castaway tracks also included Living Doll by Cliff Richard and Accentuate The Positive by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters.
She chose The Story Of San Michele by Axel Munthe as her book and tobacco seeds as her luxury item to ensure she has a supply of cigarettes.
Desert Island Discs is on BBC Radio 4 today at 11.15am.