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EastEnders confirm that Dot Branning will be laid to rest later this year

"For quite a while, no-one could even think about saying goodbye to Dot"

EastEnders will be saying an emotional goodbye to the iconic Dot Branning towards the end of this year when news reaches the residents of Albert Square that Dot has sadly passed away.

In a very special episode airing this winter, Dot’s family and friends will come together for her funeral to say goodbye to their beloved Dot.

The character is currently residing in Ireland but as per Dot’s wishes, her funeral will be held in Walford, the place she always called home. Dot is one of the Square's most adored faces and her family and friends will be sure to give her the send-off she so very well deserves.

June Brown, OBE, MBE passed away in April 2022 and played the iconic Dot Branning since 1985. Through her portrayal of Dot, she created one of the most loved and notable characters on television.

Speaking about giving Dot the send-off she deserves, Executive Producer Chris Clenshaw said "Everyone at EastEnders was truly heartbroken when June passed away earlier this year and, for quite a while, no-one could even think about saying goodbye to Dot; an iconic character who will go down in television history and be cherished forever."

"June was always adamant that she never wanted Dot’s time to end while she was still with us, but she also knew that EastEnders would rightly say their farewells to Dot when the time was right. Sadly that time has come and we are determined to give the audience, who treasured Dot for so many years, the fitting tribute that she so deeply deserves."

"So whilst it will be a very, very sad day in Walford, we will be giving Dot the send-off that she and June would want and rightly deserve."

EastEnders continues Mondays to Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One


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