June Brown is best known as EastEnders chain-smoking legend Dot Cotton.

The soap opera actress played the role on the BBC series for over 35 series and is still considered a mainstay on the show to this day.

While much of her life has been captured on screen, the 94-year-old lives a quiet enough life in Folkestone to enjoy her family life.

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She once described in an interview that she was never “kind of famous”.



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The EastEnders legend has had two marriages in his life.

June’s first marriage was to John Garley, to whom she was married for seven years before separating.

John is a former actor who appeared in the television series The Black Arrow.

June’s most recent marriage spanned over 45 years to former actor Robert Arnold.



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June Brown, who played Dot Cotton in EastEnders, has spent much of her life right here in Kent

He has appeared on screen in such roles as Dixon of Dock Green, Sink the Bismarck!, Tunes of Glory and Microbes of Men.

Robert tragically passed away at the age of 72 after a battle with Lewy body dementia.

The couple share five children together, Lousie, William, Naomi, Sophie and Chloe.

June moved early to Folkestone, but it is unclear when exactly.

The soap opera star moved to town with her husband Robert at the time before his sad death “for years”.

In an interview with Great British Life, she said: “I wasn’t born there [Folkestone] – it was in Suffolk – but I always felt that some of my roots were in Folkestone.”

She added: “I’ve been a Kent fan for many years, who wouldn’t be?

“It’s not known for its fruit and hops for nothing, it’s a beautiful, fertile county with nice people, great heritage, a beautiful coastline and beautiful theaters too.”

June still owns a house in Folkestone to this day.

She described to Great British Life the town she lived in and the people there.

June said: ‘People in Folkestone are pretty relaxed and they don’t look at you when they pass you on the street, I much prefer that.

I don’t mind talking to people, but I’ve never seen what I do as anything other than my job. I’ve never been the celebrity type.

June’s dedication to acting throughout the OBE earned her an OBE, however, some thought she was better off.

At the time of the honor, one fan wrote, “June Brown just an OBE and no Dame? For shame.”

Another added: “June Brown only getting OBEs is an insult. I mean the whole honors process is a complete joke but if they don’t deserve to be made lord and lady then who the fact?!”