Dame June Whitfield, the actress who’s greatest recognized for her position of Gran/Mother on the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, has sadly handed away.
On Friday night, Dec. 28, 2018, the legendary comedy actress died peacefully, BBC News experiences. She was 93 years outdated. At the time of this writing, additional particulars surrounding Whitfield’s dying have but to be revealed.
Over the span of her six-decade profession, Whitfield collected almost 140 tv and movie credit to her title after getting her begin starring on the British radio comedy Take It from Here in 1953. In addition to her widespread position on Absolutely Fabulous, which she reprised within the Ab Fab film in 2016, the long-lasting actress break up her time between radio and on-screen work, most notably taking part in memorable characters on Beggar My Neighbour, EastEnders, Terry and June, Doctor Who, Friends, the Carry On movie collection, and voicing Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple on BBC Radio 4.
Whitfield obtained her damehood in 2017. At the time, Prince Charles instructed the actress that the distinguished reward had been “a while coming,” as reported by CNN.
After information of Whitfield’s passing broke, various followers and celebs took to the press and social media to share their ideas and specific their condolences — together with Absolutely Fabulous creator and star Jennifer Saunders. “It’s so tremendously unhappy to lose June,” she instructed the BBC. “I’ll all the time be grateful that she agreed to be in Ab Fab. Everything June did was completely measured. She was so beloved and I’ll miss her vastly.”
Meanwhile, actress Julia Sawalha, who portrayed Whitfield’s granddaughter on the present, shared a tribute on Twitter, writing, “Thank you #damejunewhitfield, for educating me my craft with such grace and dignity. I all the time needed you to understand how in awe of you I used to be, nonetheless, you had been all the time far too humble to just accept my adoration. You had been an incredible supply of inspiration to me. Bye-bye Gran.”
As comic Miranda Hart tweeted, “So very unhappy. I as soon as despatched a letter to many actors as a budding (I imply determined) comedy actor to ask for sponsorship for the Edinburgh Festival. Dame June replied. Fifteen years later once I met her she had all my letters and the notes of the present she sponsored. I cried then too.”
According to Entertainment Tonight, Whitfield is survived by her daughter, Suzy.
Our ideas are with Whitfield’s family members throughout this troublesome time.