Absolutely Fabulous actress June Whitfield dies

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Absolutely Fabulous star Dame June Whitfield died age 93.

Her autobiography, a refreshingly un-bitchy account of life in British entertainment, was titled And June Whitfield (2000) - a reference to the fact that, throughout her career, June Whitfield always seemed to take second billing to male co-stars.

She also worked on various Tony Hancock radio and TV shows and starred in several Carry On films.

The talented actress' agent told The BBC that her client had died peacefully on Friday night.

Fellow Ab Fab actress Joanna Lumley was among those leading tributes.

'She will always have a most special place in my heart'. Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy, called her "the North Star of British comedy".

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The pair played mother and daughter in Absolutely Fabulous for five series of the hit sitcom, as well as in the 2016 film.

The qualities that June Whitfield brought to her acting - intelligence, imperturbability and an eye for detail were ones she was born with.

The brilliant and gorgeous June Whitfield has sadly passed away at the age of 93.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live he described working with Whitfield: "You would hand her a script, she would work out where the laughs were and then would very quietly wipe the floor with everybody else".

Julia Sawalha, Whitfield's deadpan granddaughter on the show, tweeted her thanks to the late actress for "teaching me my craft". You were a great source of inspiration to me. She also had roles in Midsomer Murders, Coronation Street, Dr Who and kids' TV shows including The Sooty Show, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends and Bob the Builder.

Dame June enjoyed a long and varied career, excelling in comic roles before tackling shorter parts - and making numerous guest appearances later in her career.

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