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1925 - 2018

June Whitfield

June Rosemary Whitfield was born in StreathamLondon, in 1925. Her father was the managing director of a company called Dictograph Telephones that had been started by his father in Yorkshire and both of her parents were keen amateur actors. She made her first stage appearance aged three after her mother, Bertha, enrolled her at Robinson's Dance Studio. Whitfield attended Streatham Hill High School, before being evacuated in World War II to Bognor Regis, where she attended St Michael's School, and to Penzance in Cornwall. She then moved with her parents to Huddersfield, where she learnt shorthand and typing. She then continued to study secretarial skills at Pitman's College, Brixton Hill. In 1944, Whitfield graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with a diploma. In 1955, she married Timothy John Aitchison, who was working as a surveyor. They had a daughter, Suzy (born 4 June 1960), who became an actress.

Whitfield began her career in radio in the 1940s with Wilfred Pickles and worked on stage in the West End and the regions. In 1951, she had her first credited television role in The Passing Show, and she joined the London cast of South Pacific.

Her big break came in 1953 when she replaced the emigrating Joy Nichols on the successful Muir and Norden radio comedy Take It From Here, co-starring Jimmy Edwards and Dick Bentley. In the portion of the show known as "The Glums" she played Eth, fiancee of the dim Ron Glum (played by Bentley). During the next 15 years Whitfield had many supporting roles on television, including in Dixon of Dock GreenArthur's Treasured VolumesThe Arthur Askey ShowFaces of JimThe Benny Hill ShowSteptoe and Son and Frankie Howerd. She played the nurse in the opening scene of "The Blood Donor" (Hancock, 1961).

In 1959, she appeared in Carry On Nurse, the first of her four appearances in the Carry On film series.

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Pantomime history

1947/48 - Cinderella at the Bradford Alhambra

1982/83 - Jack & the Beanstalk at the Chichester Festival Theatre

1983/84 - Dick Whittington at The Richmond Theatre

1985/86 - Jack and the Beanstalk - Theatre Royal Bath

1986/87 - Jack and the Beanstalk - Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

1990/91 - Babes in the Wood at The Ashcroft Theatre Croydon

1991/92 - Babes in the Wood at The Theatre Royal Plymouth

1992/93 - Babes in the Wood at the New Theatre Cardiff

1994/95 - Cinderella at the Wimbledon Theatre

2014/15 - Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
                  (June appeared by video as The Spirit of the Mirror)

Film appearances

2016 - Absolutely Fabulous The Movie

2015 - Cider with Rosie

200 - The Last of the Blonde Bombshells

1992 - Carry on Columbus

1973 - Carry on Girls

1972 - Carry on Abroad

1962 - Hotel Paridiso

1959 - Carry on Nurse

Television credits

2014-2016 - 'Boomers' as Joan

2015-2016 - 'Eastenders' as Sister Ruth

2015 - 'You, me and the Apocalypse' as God

2014 - 'Topsy and Tim' as Mrs Higley Pigley

2014 - 'Jonathan Creek' as Heidi Greeley

2014 - 'Midsummer Murders' as Molly Darnley

1992-2012 - 'Absolutely Fabulous' as Mother

2001-2010 - 'Last of the Summer Wine' as Nelly

2010 - 'Coronation Street' as May Penn

2009 - 'Doctor Who' as Minnie Hooper

2007-2009 - 'The Green Green Grass' as Dora

2008 - 'Harley Street' as Betty

2005-2007 - 'Bob The Builder' as Betty

2007 - 'New Tricks' as Pru Saunders

2005 - 'The Royal' as Esme

2000 - 'Mirrorball' as Dora Vermouth

1999 - 'Days Like These' as Grandma

1998 - 'Friends' as the Housekeeper

1997 - 'Common as Muck' as Irene

1990 - 'Cluedo' as Mrs White

1979-1987 - 'Terry and June' as June

1984 - 'Minder' as Mrs Murdoch

1974 - 'The Pallisers' as Mrs Bonteen

1973 - 'Bless This House' as Odette

1969-1970 - 'The Best Things in Life' as Mabel Pollard

1966-1968 - 'Begger be my Neighbour' as Rose Garvey

1967 - 'Hancock's' as Esmeralda

1964 - 'Steptoe and Son' as Madge

1962 - 'The Rag Trade' as Miss Rawlins

1961 - 'The Arthur Askey Show' as Emily Pilbeam

1958 - 'Dixon of Dock Green' as Marie

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