June Brown on EastEnders hiatus

June Brown is taking half a year off from 'EastEnders' to write her autobiography

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June Brown is taking six months off from 'EastEnders'.

The 85-year-old actress - who plays the role of Dot Branning on the BBC soap - wanted to take a year out to write her memoirs but bosses on the show have convinced her to only take half that.

A source told the Daily Mirror: "Some friends on the set feared she may be considering a permanent exit but 'EastEnders' bosses are determined to keep her and they have offered her six months off which she has taken.

"She has admitted the filming can be exhausting and she feels some time off is long overdue."

Filming for her final scene has already taken place and is due to air in around two weeks.

It is believed the launderette where she works will close for the duration of the time she is away.

June's spokesperson confirmed: "June has taken some time away from 'EastEnders' to focus on her autobiography but she will be returning to the programme."

This is not the first time June, who was originally known as Dot Cotton, has left the show; she previously took four years out in the mid 1990s.

Her co-star Patsy Palmer is also taking some time away from the show shortly.

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