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The much-hyped one-woman episode of EastEnders featuring Dot Cotton mourning the loss of Jim Branning is due to be aired next week. But just in case you can’t wait until then here’s a bit of Dot gossip for you.
EastEnders favourite June Brown has apparently blamed years of playing chain-smoker Dot in the soap for ruining her voice.
The actress apparently said she had been on the cigarettes almost non-stop since 1985 and attributed the practice to her character, who is rarely seen on screen without a cigarette in hand.
The 80-year-old actress told the Daily Star: "I’ve got into the habit of smoking more because of Dot. I had a good singing voice and it’s completely gone." (Full Story)
Poor old June Brown, she doesn’t seem like a very happy woman at the moment. It seems as though the smoking habit isn’t all that she’s inherited from Dot Cotton… she likes to have a good old moan about life too. Apparently June has recently been upset about the lack of focus on Dot’s struggle to cope with her husband Jim’s tragic stroke – a storyline that echoed the stroke suffered by John Bardon, 68, who plays the character in the Albert Square soap.
The EastEnders veteran has also complained about the amount of sex and violence on the soap, even voicing her concerns to The Sun. Judging by the 200 complaints received so far by the BBC and Ofcom after the stabbing of Jay Brown, it would appear that June’s complaints are echoed by the public.
So our hero Gus, played by Mohammed George, is leaving EastEnders. I guess it’s finally occurred to the producers that he’s surplus to requirements (truth is, he’s been surplus to requirements for ages). Test your knowledge with our little quiz. What’s this?
It’s Mohammed George’s EastEnders script for next week’s shows.
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