EastEnders stars in mourning as they pay tribute to Dot Cotton actress June Brown

The news of June Brown’s death has seen an outpouring of tributes from her EastEnders co-stars.

June’s co stars, including Gillian Taylforth and Adam Woodyatt – who have been on the soap since day one – shared their sadness over the loss of the soap legend, who passed away yesterday aged 95.

Gillian, who plays Kathy Beale, said: “I’m truly heartbroken by this news. June Brown OBE, MBE, was an amazing woman and a truly wonderful actress. I shared many scenes with her over the years and she was always someone I looked up to and learnt from.”

Adam, who played Ian Beale, added: “I’m lost for words, something June never was. So many memories, so much fun.

“Just purely and simply an incredible woman who had the most incredible life and career, I was fortunate to have shared a small part of it.

“They never made you a Dame (we did try), but to me you will always be Dame Brown.”

John Altman, who played her son ‘Nasty Nick’, paid an emotional tribute. “I shall miss my dear, dear friend. A legendary lady, a wonderful soul.”

He continued: “On the plus side we spent some very happy times together and over the last few months when she hasn’t been so well I have been to visit her on quite a few occasions.

“A bit like with my real mother, we kind of said our goodbyes because we knew it was gonna come at some point. I’m very sad, but I knew it was going to happen, sooner or later. Probably this year.

John added: ““She was fantastic to work with – very giving and been in the business a lot longer than I have, obviously, so she’d give me tips every now and again.

“We work very hard on everything, because in a soap the schedule is very fast and furious. It’s kind like learn the lines, go on set, film it. Its like instant television, in a way.

“So we did make that point of meeting in her dressing room for ciggie and a coffee and we’d just go over it that bit more and draw more out of what we were performing. We were a good team.

“June had time for everyone. She did so much charity work. I’ve done a lot over the years and I used to tell her to slow down. I said ‘June you can’t say yes to everything’.”

Danny Dyer, aka Mick Carter, wrote on instagram: “Rest in peace June. So privileged to have graced the screen with ya. An icon in its truest form. ❤️”

Maisie Smith, who starred as Tiffany Butcher Baker, shared a throwback image of herself as a child actress with June on set.

She captioned the shot: “Beautiful inside and out. Rest in pease June Brown.”

Jacqueline Jossa, who played Lauren Branning, also shared a tribute. She wrote: “I am so heartbroken. You will be so missed. Sharing the screen with you, a family with you, was a dream come true, something I will never ever forget.

“Most of all though, your stories, your humour and just such calming words when I needed them. You made my joining the show so welcoming. I will keep these memories close to my heart. Rest in peace June.”

Davood Ghadami, who plays Kush Kazeemi in the show, posed on twitter: “Super-professional. Always brilliant. True legend. RIP June”

Danny Boy Hatchard, who played Lee Carter, recalled one hilarious exchange with the late legend.

He wrote on twitter: “Me: Alright June!

“June: Who’s that, come closer, me eyes are gone!

“Me: It’s Danny-Boy!

“June: Oh Danny-Boy, I’ve been meaning to tell you. You look much fatter on Tele dear.

“What an honour to have known and worked with such an Icon. Rest easy wonderful Lady.”