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EastEnders legend June Brown can no longer watch soap because of her ‘failing eye sight’

EASTENDERS veteran June Brown has revealed how she can no longer watch the BBC soap because of her “failing eye sight”.

The 93-year-old actress quit the soap earlier this year after playing the legendary Dot Cotton for 35 years.

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‘Loose Women’ TV show, London, UK – 14 May 2019[/caption]

However, in a new interview says she is now even struggling to watch the programme on TV.

Speaking to The Mirror she said: “I haven’t been watching it as I find it difficult to see the television very clearly.

“If your sight is poor, there’s very little you can do. I read my Kindle instead. I can see where everything is around the house but nothing’s clear.”

June has previously told how she suffers from macular degeneration and had eye surgery in 2017 but her vision has since deteriorated.

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June played Dot for 35 years[/caption]

The actress told The Sun earlier this year that she would not be returning to Albert Square.

Her final goodbye came as Dot moved to Ireland, with producers insisting the door was always open for the legendary star.

But June told us in February that she had quit for good: “I don’t want a retainer for EastEnders, I’ve left for good.

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The actress revealed earlier this year that she had turned down the chance of a retainer contract[/caption]

“I’ve sent her off to Ireland and that’s where she’ll stay.”

The veteran actress has been a regular in Albert Square since just after the BBC1 soap began in 1985, apart from a break between 1993 and 1997.

She also took six months off in 2012 to pen her autobiography.


Speaking on the Distinct Nostalgia podcast to former co-star Rani Singh, who played shop owner Sufia Karim in the late 1980s, June said she had already mourned her character.

She revealed: “I was feeling down a few days ago. I thought, ‘What’s the matter? Why do I feel so sad?’ It’s almost as if I’ve been bereaved.”

June went on: “I’ve played two people simultaneously for 35 years. Really Dot wasn’t me, but spiritually she probably was.”



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