Dot Cotton's long-lost sister makes 'Enders debut
Dot Cotton's long-lost sister, Rose, is set to join 'EastEnders' this summer
Dot Cotton's long-lost sister is set to join 'EastEnders'.
The gravel-voiced pensioner's sibling, Rose, will appear for the first time in the BBC One soap's 26-year history this summer when Dot tracks her down in a bid to end a long-standing feud.
A source close to the soap explained: "Dot and Rose have been estranged most of their lives since Rose did the unforgivable - had an affair with Dot's first husband, Charlie.
"Dot's decision to forgive comes about after a bout of hypochondria."
Rose will be played by Polly Perkins, 67, and her character will very much be the opposite of her dowdy, pessimistic sister, portrayed by 84-year-old June Brown.
The source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Rose is fun, flighty and not one to grow old gracefully. She couldn't be more different to Dot and she certainly isn't pleased to see her after all these years."
This week saw Dot bid a tearful goodbye to husband Jim, as she admitted defeat in caring for him following his stroke and sent him to live in a nursing home.
June has warned her character will feel lost without her husband and faces hard times ahead, saying: "I think she'll be very lonely and feel she doesn't have much purpose in life. It was really important to tell this story because there are so many people in a similar situation to Dot.
"It was moving to act out, too - not just because of Dot and Jim's relationship, but because I'm really good friends with John Bardon in real life."