June Brown: I 'don't know' what will happen to Dot Branning

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 February 2017
June Brown

June Brown as Dot Branning

June Brown "doesn't know" what will happen to her 'EastEnders' character Dot Branning now that she's lost her job at the laundrette

June Brown "doesn't know" what will happen to her 'EastEnders' character Dot Branning.

The 89-year-old actress has played the iconic Walford personality on the BBC soap since 1985 - just a few months after the show's inception - but after the character recently lost her job at the laundrette, June is unsure what is in store for her in the future.

She told The Sun newspaper: "I don't know what is going to happen to her now. She's lost her job, she's lost her raison d'etre.

"You would find that very difficult. You have to have a house, you have to have a position, a place, a job.

"You should really have a job in 'EastEnders'. That's the point. It is very difficult to go against the writing. If they decide to change you or the writers change -- not deliberately -- that's just what happens. But I'm a great fighter.

"I've tried to twist them round a little. There is a way of twisting. It's the way you say it."

The news comes after June recently admitted she wouldn't be able to afford to leave the long-running soap, as she doesn't have enough savings.

She said: "I can't afford to retire. I never had the money to start a pension - I didn't start to make any real money until I was 58 - and now it's not worth much.

"I've always been afraid of being poor when I'm old. It's a dreadful thing to be strapped for cash when you are elderly. It's awful when you're young, too, but you always have hope."

However, she has another reason for remaining in the show, as June admitted she would be bored if she quit working.

She said: "As long as I am capable of ¬working, and can learn lines and move around, I will carry on. I'd be utterly bored if I stopped.

"I don't think I look nearly 90 but because I can't see these days I don't know.

"You don't think about your age - you just knock it down."

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