June Whitfield: A life in pictures

Look back at memorable moments from the life of June Whitfield, the versatile and much-loved British actress.

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Born in south London in 1925, June Rosemary Whitfield made her first stage appearance at the age of three.

June Whitfield with Wallace Eaton, Jimmy Edwards and Dick Bentley

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She got her first break on radio, appearing in Take It From Here alongside Wallace Eaton, Jimmy Edwards and Dick Bentley.

June Whitfield with Tony Hancock in The Blood Donor

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Television parts soon followed, including a role as a nurse in The Blood Donor, one of Tony Hancock’s most fondly remembered “half hours”.

June Whitfield with Terry Scott and Peter Butterworth in Scott On Marriage

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In 1968, June made her first appearance on Terry Scott’s sketch show Scott On…, a programme she would appear in for the next six years.

June Whitfield and Terry Scott in Terry and June

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The actors had a long and successful partnership on screen, spending five years as husband and wife in Happily Ever After and eight more in Terry and June.

Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous

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From 1992 onwards, Whitfield found a whole new audience as Jennifer Saunders’ mother (and Julia Sawalha’s gran) in BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.

June Whitfield in Tom Jones

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In later life she could also be found in such lavish costume dramas as the BBC’s adaptation of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones.

June Whitfield in Last of the Summer Wine

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Between 2005 and 2010, Whitfield made frequent appearances in Last of the Summer Wine as busybody Nelly.

June Whitfield in EastEnders

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In 2015, at the age of 89, June appeared in EastEnders as Sister Ruth, a nun with a secret.

June Whitfield

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After decades as a warm and reliable presence on British screens, she remained fabulous – and appeared in the Absolutely Fabulous movie, which came out in 2016.


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