EastEnders star June Brown MBE to release her autobiography

by Lynn Connolly

It’s been reported today that EastEnders legend June Brown – who of course plays Dot Cotton – is to pen her autobiography next year.

The book is expected to go on sale in 2013, and will be produced by publishing house Simon & Schuster.

Carly Cook, a representative of the publishers, told Digital Spy, “June has undoubtedly lived a full and fascinating life.

“She is one of the few national treasures left not to have done her autobiography. And she has more to say than most.

“As big celebrity non-fiction prospects stand for 2013, June Brown’s story is a proper one, the life of someone who is hugely respected and much loved.

“Although best known for her brilliant portrayal of Dot Branning, she is seen as an institution – an outstanding TV and stage actress whose appeal is far-reaching and ageless.”

And as Ms Cook says, 84 year old June will certainly have a good tale to tell, which, were it a drama, would be typical of an EastEnders storyline…

According to June’s Wiki page, she’s had more than her fair share of sadness – just as her character Dot has – in that two of her siblings died while young, and her husband, John Garley, committed suicide in 1957.

June later married actor Robert Arnold, who starred in iconic police drama Dixon of Dock Green.

The couple had six children, but June’s second daughter was born prematurely at 28 weeks, and tragically died after 16 days.

June and Robert were together for forty-five years, parting only when he died in 2003 of Lewy Body dementia.

With regard to her career, it’s been an illustrious one, boasting appearances in not only EastEnders of course, but also Doctor Who, Corrie, The Bill and The Sweeney, to name but a few.

I can’t wait to read her book, but for now, here are a couple of my favourite clips of Dot…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.