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June Brown’s children will appear on EastEnders for Dot Cotton’s funeral

June Brown’s children will appear on EastEnders for Dot Cotton’s funeral scene ‘to say their goodbyes’

Three of June Brown’s children will appear on EastEnders for her character Dot Cotton’s funeral.

According to The Sun, show boss Chris Kershaw told how June’s children Sophie, Nim and Billy asked to be in the emotional scene.

The special episode, which is extended to 37 minutes and reportedly features a slightly altered theme tune, airs on Monday December 12.

Farewell: Three of June Brown’s children will appear on EastEnders for her character Dot Cotton’s funeral

June, who died in April of this year at the age of 95, was also mother to daughters Louise and Chloe with her husband Richard Arnold who died in 2003.

In her final scenes on the BBC series, Dot left a voicemail to say she was going to Ireland to visit her grandson Charlie.

Chris, who is EastEnders’ executive producer, told the publication that while she was alive, June did not want Dot to be killed off.

He said: ‘She did of course know that when she did leave us, it was the right thing to do.

Cameo: According to The Sun , show boss Chris Kershaw told how June's children Sophie, Nim and Billy asked to be in the emotional scene

Cameo: According to The Sun , show boss Chris Kershaw told how June’s children Sophie, Nim and Billy asked to be in the emotional scene

‘After some time, we couldn’t put it off much longer. We spoke to June’s family who knew it was what she would have wanted.’

He added: ‘June’s children Nim, Sophie and Billy knew what EastEnders meant to their mother, so much so they requested to attend Dot’s funeral to say their goodbyes.’

Actress Milly Zero, who plays Dot’s granddaugher Dotty, previously told the publication that while filming the scenes the cast cried ‘real tears’ as they came together for the incredible funeral episode. 

Funeral: The special episode, which is extended to 37 minutes and reportedly features a slightly altered theme tune, airs on Monday December 12

Funeral: The special episode, which is extended to 37 minutes and reportedly features a slightly altered theme tune, airs on Monday December 12

She said: ‘It was such an emotional day. We cried real tears during filming because it really is such a beautiful tribute to her. There’s elements of the episode that will make you laugh.

‘June was always a bit mischievous on set and would often change the words of the script but that was just her.

‘She would have loved seeing us all come together for the episode. I feel so proud to play her granddaughter it really is a dream role. We will always miss her.’ 

EastEnders confirmed the full line-up of former stars returning to Walford for the funeral last month.

Emotional: Milly Zero, who plays Dot's granddaugher Dotty, previously told the publication that while filming the scenes the cast cried 'real tears' as they came together for the incredible funeral episode

Emotional: Milly Zero, who plays Dot’s granddaugher Dotty, previously told the publication that while filming the scenes the cast cried ‘real tears’ as they came together for the incredible funeral episode 

The BBC soap unveiled that six actors will be reprising their roles for the special tribute episode which sees Albert Square residents say a final goodbye to the beloved launderette worker.

Among those returning is Jacqueline Jossa, who played Dot’s grand-daughter Lauren Branning and said it was a ‘no-brainer’ to return, and Tom Watt, who portrayed George ‘Lofty’ Holloway. 

While completing the line-up of returning actors are Colin Russell (Lord Michael Cashman CBE), Barry Clark (Gary Hailes) , Mary ‘the punk’ Smith (Linda Davidson) and Disa O’Brien (Jan Graveson).

Back again: Among those returning for the episdoe is Jacqueline Jossa, who played Dot's grand-daughter Lauren Branning and said it was a 'no-brainer' to return

Back again: Among those returning for the episdoe is Jacqueline Jossa, who played Dot’s grand-daughter Lauren Branning and said it was a ‘no-brainer’ to return

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