Original radio star Dame June Whitfield dies aged 93

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Dame June Whitfield, who started her broadcasting career in the 1950s on the radio, has died at the age of 93.

June’s first break was a lead role in the radio comedy Take It From Here from 1953, but she quickly moved to television and will be remembered for her roles in Happy Ever After in the 70s and Terry and June in the 80s.

Dame June also played a regular character in Last of the Summer Wine and Edina Monsoon’s mother in the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.

On the radio in recent years, June played Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple on BBC Radio 4 between 1993 and 2001, and played Margaret Rutherford in the BBC Radio 4 play A Monstrous Vitality, Andy Merriman’s radio adaptation of his biography of Rutherford, A Dreadnought with Good Manners in 2011.

June was given an OBE in the 1985 Birthday Honours, CBE in the 1998 Birthday Honours, and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to drama and entertainment.

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5 Comments
  1. JASON ANDREW TOPPIN says

    MY THOUGHTS & PRATERS GO TO THOSE WHO KNEW AND LOVED DAME JUNE WHITFIELD GUD REST HER SOUL AND MAY SHE REST IN PEACE

  2. Andy Barclay says

    Thoughts are with her family & Friends at this sad loss….

    One of Britain’s best female actors on Radio & TV… Just recently been listening to take it from here on radio 4 extra, only this last week on Radio 4 extra they’ve had a Miss Marple mystery ….

    R.I.P. Dame June Whitfield

  3. vin says

    RIP dearest Lady. You will be sorely missed. You are in better place than this world in these times.

  4. Michael V says

    That’s really sad. I didn’t realise she was 93. I loved watching her play Eddie’s mother in Ab Fab.

  5. Alan says

    R.I.P. June Whitfield she is an legend we will miss her so much.

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