June Brown has had 'a lot of love affairs'
June Brown had "a lot of love affairs" when she was younger, unlike her 'EastEnders' character Dot Cotton
June Brown had "a lot of love affairs" when she was younger.
The 'EastEnders' actress has claimed she's nothing like her on-screen character Dot Cotton - a role she has played in the long-running soap for 32 years - because she has enjoyed a number of flings during her 89 years of life.
Speaking in her documentary 'June Brown At 90: A Walford Legend', which will air on BBC on Thursday (16.02.17), she said: "In my life - and Dot certainly wasn't like this - I did have a lot of love affairs."
And the popular British television legend - who married Robert Arnold in 1958 after her former partner John Garley committed suicide - has thanked her good looks for helping her achieve success in her romantic life and acting career.
She said: "I've been thinking lately and just wondering - you do when you get older. You look back at what you've done and how you've behaved. I remember playing Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, I really loved that role. I was very fortunate in my looks."
However, she shares the same outlook on spirituality as chain-smoking gossiper Dot.
She explained: "The only way I am like Dot is in my feelings about spirituality."
And June has praised the longstanding television series for giving her the "confidence" to strip off on stage for the theatre production of 'Calendar Girls' in 2009.
Speaking about the stage play, she said: "When I started in 'EastEnders' it was already huge. We used to go out together, the cast, and go to nightclubs and we could go anywhere. It was lovely.
"'EastEnders' gave me a huge amount of confidence to do other things. I got the opportunity to be in 'Calendar Girls' in the West End.
"I was the only one who took all my clothes off for the photoshoot."