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Comedy legend June Whitfield has died, aged 93

Comedy legend June Whitfield has died, aged 93

Absolutely Famous actor June Whitfield has died at the age of 93.

Her agent confirmed the actress, made a dame past year, had died "peacefully".

She is best known for her role as the mother to Jennifer Saunders' character in the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.

Fellow Ab Fab actress Joanna Lumley told ITV news she was "heartbroken to lose such a darling friend", who would "always have a most special place in my heart". "As long as that keeps happening, I am delighted to carry on, this is what I love doing". "Thoughts go out to her family and friends", she wrote.

Comedian Jenny Eclair tweeted simply: "Beautiful, amusing June Whitfield- a friendly Goddess".

"There was never one moment when I decided", she said.

Spice Girls singer Emma Bunton paid her own tribute to Dame June, who made her feel comfortable on set when she appeared in Ab Fab.

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He refused, but continued to linger around the actor because he wanted a photo with him to post on Instagram. According to Unruh, her son reported the incident to Nantucket police in the fall of 2017.

The actress had excellent comic timing with many comedians vying to work with her.

In 1955 she married Timothy Aitchison, who died in 2001 and with whom she had a daughter, the actress Suzy Aitchison.

She added: "I once sent a letter to many actors as a budding (I mean desperate) comedy actor to ask for sponsorship for the Edinburgh Festival".

The actress always said she was "very bad at getting round to things". You were a great source of inspiration to me. She also appeared in Last of the Summer Wine, and had a recurring role in The Green Green Grass.

The Absolutely Fabulous matriarch's agent confirmed Whitfield's Friday death to the BBC.

Taking to Twitter, Sawalha said: "Thank you #damejunewhitfield, for teaching me my craft with such grace and dignity".

Aged 92, she was appointed a dame at Buckingham Palace.