June Brown signs EastEnders deal
June Brown has signed a new 'EastEnders' deal worth £300,000-a-year, making her the BBC One soap's second-highest earner
June Brown has signed a new 'EastEnders' deal to become the show's second-highest earner.
The 84-year-old actress - who plays chain-smoking Dot Cotton - will now be paid a reported £300,000-a-year after bosses of the BBC One soap feared she might leave after a year of controversial storylines.
Her new deal means only Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell) is paid more than her and producers are thrilled she decided to stay on.
An insider told the News of the World newspaper: "June is soap royalty. The BBC pulled out all the stops.
"It's great news for June and 'EastEnders' fans."
A show spokesman added: "Viewers will be pleased to hear they can continue to enjoy June's brilliant work."
In 2009, June admitted she was worried her alter-ego Dot could be killed off in a bid for the show to save money.
She said: "If they want to drop you, most often they will give you a rather unpleasant storyline.
"The public always equate the character to the actor - and then everyone says, 'Oh I don't like him at all - I'll be glad to when he's gone'. They ease it in. You're in the hands of the Gods."