Comedian and actor June Whitfield has passed away at the age of 93.
Tributes have poured in for one of the UK’s most famous comic actors, Dame June Whitfield. She, according to her agent, died peacefully on Friday night (27th December 2018). She was born June Rosemary Whitfield in Streatham, south London on 11 November 1925.
June was most famous for her roles on the 70’s sitcom June and Terry and later as the mother in Ab Fab, she delighted audiences with her quick onliners and impeccable timing.
Her careers spanned seven decades and she appeared in over 1300 radio and television shows.
Tribute were made by most of her Absolutely Fabulous co-cast members, including, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha and Jane Horrocks.
Joanna Lumley remembered June as “brilliant and gorgeous”
Sad news just in.. The brilliant and gorgeous June Whitfield has sadly passed away at the age of 93. Thoughts go out to her family and friends ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9RpDLzStej
— Joanna Lumley OBE (@JoannaLumleyUK) December 29, 2018
Julia who plays Saffi in the comedy Absolutely Fabulous thanked June for “teaching me my craft with such dignity and grace”. Julia remarked how in awe she was and that June was “far too humble” to accept her adoration.
Thank you #damejunewhitfield,for teaching me my craft with such grace and dignity.I always wanted you to know how in awe of you I was, however, you were always far too humble to accept my https://t.co/2wc2G3bQ0G were a great source of inspiration to me. Bye-bye Gran.???
— Julia Sawalha (@JuliaSawalha1) December 29, 2018
Jane Horrocks paid tribute to June as a “wonderful lady” and remarked on how “versatile, funny and generous” June was during their time working together.
— Jane Horrocks (@janehorrocks_) December 29, 2018
She was awarded an OBE in 1985 and CBE in 1998 and last year (2017), at the age of 92, June Whitfield was made a dame.
Sadly, she’s not the only cast member of Absolutely Fabulous who has died in recent years. In 2014 Christopher Malcolm, who played Saffi’s gay father passed away, then Kate Mara, who played Patsy’s sister died at the age of 74. Dora Bryan who played one of June Whitfield’s friends in the show also sadly passed away in 2014. She was 91-years-old.