June Brown reveals she's going deaf
'EastEnders' actress June Brown has revealed she's going deaf, but has insisted she won't quit the BBC soap
June Brown has no plans to quit 'EastEnders' despite the fact she's going deaf.
The 88-year-old actress, who stars as Dot Cotton on the BBC soap, has insisted she has no intention of walking away from the much-loved character after announcing news of her ailment during a Q&A on Saturday (15.08.15) with her friend and 'EastEnders' veteran Barbara Windsor, 78.
Barbara - who played Peggy Mitchell for sixteen years - brought her former co-star to the stage, as June explained: "Are you talking to me, Babs?
"Tell me, because I am deaf you see and it is very hard for me to hear so I don't know what you are talking about. What did you say to me?"
Later, June requested everyone at the Q&A spoke louder so she could follow the conversation.
She said, apologetically: "Sorry, I would like you all to shout because I can't hear, you see. I am ever so sorry. I am straining here..."
Despite this, June remains hopeful that her hearing will return to normal at some stage soon.
She explained to The Sun newspaper: "Unfortunately it happened when I was going up to Glasgow for a charity. My ears impacted and they haven't come back since. I hope that they might do at some moment.
"I thought it was a bit unkind given I was flying up for charity! But I only spoke about it on stage because I was having a discussion with Barbara."