June Whitfield Dead: 'Absolutely Fabulous' Stars Lead Tributes To Veteran Actress

Whitfield after she was made a dame. British actress and comedic star June Whitfield whose long career included memorable roles in TV series “Absolutely Fabulous” and “Terry and June,” has died. She

Actress Dame June Whitfield has died at the age of 93.

They were among a stream of stars posting tributes to Dame June, whose career in acting spanned eight decades.

The role cemented her image as a "proper" Englishwoman - slightly prim, resolutely middle-class, but always in restrained command - that she's played for much of her career.

The 60-year-old, who created Ab Fab in the early 90s, said in a statement: "It's so tremendously sad to lose June. She was so loved and I will miss her hugely".

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She told ITV News she is "heartbroken" to have lost "such a darling friend" and went on to praise June's "sensational talent, humour and her generosity".

Whitfield's father was a telephone company executive and her mother an amateur actress.

Whitfield was made a dame at the age of 92 by Britain's Prince Charles. She was always there, always being brilliant.

The actress died on Friday night, according to multiple reports.

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Julia Sawalha, Whitfield's deadpan granddaughter on the show, tweeted her thanks to the late actress for "teaching me my craft". "Bye-bye Gran", she posted. You were a great source of inspiration to me. Whitfield became well-known for her comic performances and appeared in four Carry On films. Instead, she appeared in more than 1,300 episodes of radio and television shows in her seven-decade career.

TV producer Jon Plowman, who worked on Absolutely Fabulous, said there was "no-one with a better ability to just "place" a line, always an act of utter precision".

Writer Jack Monroe remembered working with Dame June for the dramatisation of her first book, A Girl Called Jack, on Radio 4.

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