June Brown slams EastEnders

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Legendary 'EastEnders' actress June Brown - who plays Dot Branning - says the soap is a bad influence on children.

June Brown believes 'EastEnders' is a bad influence on children.

The 86-year-old actress - who plays Walford legend Dot Branning - doesn't think soaps make good viewing for young people as they encourage them to grow up too quickly.

Asked if 'EastEnders' was suitable for youngsters, June said: "I don't think soaps are really good.

"They can't stay ­children for long enough.

"They put make-up on, have their ears pierced and wear short skirts."

And June - who had six children with late husband Robert Arnold, though their first daughter tragically died at just 16 days old - also admitted she is dissatisfied with her career as her true passion lies in theatre.

The veteran actress - who joined 'EastEnders' in 1986 - told Radio Times magazine: "I am ­disappointed it didn't go the way I expected - in classical theatre.

"Because I had the children, I stopped being an actress as such and became a mum who acted."

Recent 'EastEnders' storylines that June may have been unhappy with have seen tearaway teenager Liam Butcher (Sonny Bottomley) join a violent gang and her on-screen step-granddaughter Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) battle with alcohol addiction.

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