EastEnders Star June Brown, 92, Says There's 'No Point' Giving Up Alcohol And Cigarettes

Is it just me or does anyone else feel like Dot Cotton has been around forever? I mean, I guess she has for every year of our lives anyway, seeing as she's approaching her 93rd birthday.

However, the veteran EastEnders actress - real name June Brown - says she has no plans to lead a healthier lifestyle and quit smoking or drinking alcohol because 'what's the point?'.

Is it possible to have her mindset at 25, because I think I've got it...

June Brown plays the long-suffering busy-body Dot Cotton. Credit: PA
June Brown plays the long-suffering busy-body Dot Cotton. Credit: PA

The 92-year-old, who first stepped on to Albert Square 34 years ago, was speaking to Radio Times and also confessed that she's allergic to dark chocolate but eats it anyway.

Can't say we blame her.

In the interview, she explained: "I'm going to die of something fairly soon so why not enjoy myself. I love red wine and also dark chocolate, even though I'm allergic to it and it makes me sneeze.

"And the Guinness helps me keep a bit of weight on. So I don't need to be careful about what I eat or drink.

EastEnders actress June Brown says she won't give up alcohol and cigarettes. Credit: PA
EastEnders actress June Brown says she won't give up alcohol and cigarettes. Credit: PA

"What's the point of counting how many cigarettes I smoke a day? I've been on them for over 70 years."

This might be a good time to mention that we don't condone this behaviour... obviously.

June added that she did attempt to change her ways: "I did try one of those new electronic cigarettes but it was so heavy it kept falling out of my mouth, so that went in the bin."

June has been on EastEnders for 34 years. Credit: PA
June has been on EastEnders for 34 years. Credit: PA

June is currently starring on ITV's Hard to Please OAPs alongside King of the Jungle Harry Redknapp and Jack Whitehall's father, Michael.

The programme sees grumpy Redknapp losing his temper with Alexa when she mistakes 'scones' with 'chicken stew' as he blasts her, shouting: "We don't want bleedin' chicken stew, you silly cow."

Speaking of the show, June told Radio Times: "All the machines were pretty useless. You can have the best gadget in the world, but if you can't read the instructions, what's the point?

"I've got an iPhone but it's too much like a computer. All this technology is supposed to bring people together, but because so many elderly people can't get to grips with it, they feel even more isolated.

"They've no one to talk to and nothing to bring them to life."

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Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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