Actress Dame June Whitfield dies at the age of 93

Shock as Absolutely Fabulous actress Dame June Whitfield dies at the age of 93 only days after complaining about sex and bad language on TV

  • The British star enjoyed a lengthy acting career stretching back to the 1940s 
  • She starred with Terry Scott in sitcoms Terry and June and Happy Ever After 
  • The actress, who was made a dame in 2017, ‘passed away peacefully last night’ 

Actress Dame June Whitfield has died at the age of 93, her agent has announced.

The British star enjoyed a career stretching back to the 1940s, including roles in some of of the earliest Carry On films in the 1950s. 

She was best known for her work with comedian Terry Scott, co-starring in sitcoms Terry and June and Happy Ever After, where they played a husband and wife duo.

She was made a dame in the 2017 Birthday Honours for her services to drama and entertainment in a career spanning eight decades.

Dame June’s agent said she ‘passed away peacefully last night’.  

Actress Dame June Whitfield, pictured after receiving her damehood in November 2017, has died at the age of 93

Following Scott’s death in 1994, June went onto play Edina Monsoon’s mother in Absolutely Fabulous, alongside well-loved supporting roles in Last Of The Summer Wine and The Green Green Grass.

The actress also played Jan Howard in 1980s drama Howards’ Way. 

She was then awarded an OBE in 1985, followed by a CBE in 1998 and then a Damehood in 2017.  

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She also recently revealed that she now lives in a care home, after ten years of living alone following the death of her husband of 46 years Tim Aitchison in 2001.

Yesterday she was in the headlines again, saying she could not stand modern day television because there was ‘too much sex and swearing.’ 

The 93-year-old actress also told David Hamilton on BBC Radio Sussex that political correctness means you ‘can’t make a joke out of anything.’ 

Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders and June Whitfield in Absolutely Fabulous

She said: ‘Everything, every channel, it’s either some sex scene or a killing of some kind.’ 

‘I do like people like [comic] Michael McIntyre , but some of them just spend the whole time swearing.’

‘You cannot make a joke about anybody.’  

Television producer, Jon Plowman, who worked on episodes of Absolutely Fabulous and the 2016 film version, tweeted to say he was ‘very sad’ to hear that June Whitfield had died.

‘There was no-one with more warmth or a better ability to just ‘place’ a line, always an act of utter precision. Hit after hit! Take it from Here Terry and June Absolutely Fabulous over seven decade. A great loss,’ he said. 

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