June Brown has decided to stop EastEnders after 35 years of Dot Cotton.
The actress, 93, has decided to bow out of the soap after more than three decades and stated that she was not satisfied with some of her recent storylines.
Speaking on the Various Nostalgia podcasts, June said: “It’s almost like I was robbed. I don’t want a holder for EastEnders, I left. I left forever.
Saying goodbye: June Brown reportedly quit EastEnders after playing Dot Cotton for 35 years
“I sent her to Ireland where she will stay. I left EastEnders. I made up a limerick. It is a bit dirty.
June then recited the limerick: “I went back to tell a good story. Unfortunately and then, when I returned, it had gone up in smoke. I received a small part, a very small part. And that ended as a big wet fart. Unfortunately and unfortunately, I will never go back. “
Dot has not been seen on EastEnders since last month when she left a voicemail for Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) to inform her that she had moved to Ireland.
June spoke with actress Rani Sinh, who played Sufia Karim on the soap from 1988 to 1990 about her decision to quit, and said she was not interested in an advance contract.
Stop: the actress has decided to bow out of the soap after more than three decades because she was disappointed with the quality of her recent storylines (shown in 2013)
Although she is determined not to return to Watford, June has grieved to leave the show and compare it to a grieving process.
She said: ‘I felt sad a few days ago. I thought, “What’s wrong? Why do I feel so sad?” It is almost as if I have been robbed. “
‘I played two people at the same time for 35 years. I wasn’t really Dot, but probably spiritually. ”
MailOnline has contacted a representative for EastEnders for comments.
Bending: June, who has been in the show for more than three decades, said: “It’s almost like I was robbed. I left ‘(pictured left, in 1991 and right, in 2011)
According to The sun, The bosses of EastEnders are surprised by the June decision to leave the soap and her dressing room is not cleared up yet.
A source said: ‘Everyone is a bit stunned by the June dressing room and all of its content is still where they have always been.
“We even had the impression that she was attending a meeting on the occasion of the 35th anniversary.”
Her first appearance appeared on Albert Square in July 1985 as the mother of notorious criminal Nick Cotton (John Altman).
The character, known for her chain smoking, has since been a main part of the show and is one of the most loved characters.
Dot temporarily left the soap between 1993 and 1997 before returning to the square, while June also took half a year off in 2012 to write her autobiography.
Debut: Dot first appeared on Albert Square in July 1985 as the mother of notorious criminal Nick Cotton (John Altman)
Icon: The character, known for her chain smoking, has since been a main part of the show and is one of the most loved characters (shown in 1991)
History: Dot left the soap between 1993 and 1997 before returning to the square, while June in 2012 also took six months off to write her autobiography (shown in 1989)
On the podcast June told how she got the role in the soap after the deceased actor Leslie Grantham recommended her to the producers a few months after the show started.
She joked: “I think I got it because they thought I was a punctual actress. I am not really it, but I have become it. ”
Dot’s continued popularity with viewers turned June into a cultural icon, worshiped by the legion of fans of the soap.
Although she liked to portray the character, the actress admitted that her fame was sometimes difficult for her family to get along with.
She said: “They have had enough. If we went shopping and people would stop for a signature, nowadays it is a selfie, you will always be stopped.
“I’d always stop. They take you where you are, right? Your fans. You should appreciate your fans. “
Shocking: one of Dot’s biggest storylines in recent years was for the 30-year anniversary of the show when she gave her son Nick a fatal dose of heroin and let him die
One of Dot’s biggest storylines in recent years was for the 30th anniversary of the show when she gave her son Nick a fatal dose of heroin and let him die.
The character started to appear less frequently from February 2015 because June gradually lost her eyesight and had trouble reading the scripts.
This was written in the character later in the following year, with June appearing sporadically on EastEnders since 2017.
Speaking of her future plans without the soap, June revealed that she hopes to make a documentary.
She said, “I hope to make a documentary, but I can’t talk about it because someone might steal it.”
Plans: Speaking of her future plans without the soap, June revealed that she hopes to make a documentary
Dot’s biggest storylines