Soap actress June Brown is about to turn 90-years-old, but this black and white throwback snap shows the beloved Walford regular in her youth.
The stunning star, who has played Dot Branning in the BBC soap since 1985, will celebrate her birthday with a special milestone tribute to her character.
Dot is known for running the launduary, smoking menthol cigarettes, attending church and drinking sweet sherry.
Just like the photo teases her youthful looks, the honorary show is set to reveal how June started her career and gained her first ever role.
EastEnders: A young June Brown before she played Dot Branning
They realise June isn’t getting any younger but she has intimated that she wants to carry on in the role as long as she feels able, so that is great news.
It will also feature how the actress came to be on Albert Square, rows she has had with fellow cast members and how she became to be one of the soap’s most loved characters.
During the show, June will explain that a horoscope once predicted she would have “spectacular success” on May 31 1985 – her very first day on the set of EastEnders.
The documentary will also include special tributes from many of her cast members, past and present including Danny Dyer (who plays Mick Carter), Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale), Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Beale), Rudolph Walker (Patrick Trueman), Lacey Turner (Stacey Slater) and Natalie Cassidy (Sonia Fowler).
June has received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Dot and has won many awards, including a Lifetime Achievement and Best Actress Award at the British Soap Awards in 2005, and is only the second performer to receive a BAFTA nomination.
Dot Branning in EastEnders
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Tue, January 31, 2017
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June Brown, star of EastEnders then and now
The actress was also made an MBE in the 2008 Queens Birthday Honours and reportedly hopes to continue at the BBC for as long as she is able to do so.
A source recently told The Mirror: “Bosses at the BBC like to open talks early so things don’t go down to the wire.
“They realise June isn’t getting any younger but she has intimated that she wants to carry on in the role as long as she feels able, so that is great news.”
June Brown At 90 – A Walford Legend will air on February 16 at 8pm on BBC One.