EastEnders legend June Brown has revealed that she wanted to be a doctor when she was growing up.

The 86-year-old actress gave up on her dream as she felt intimidated by the amount of training involved.

She told The Sun: "In my early days I might have liked to have done something with medicine. I think I would have quite liked to have been a doctor. But I decided not to stick with it because of the long training.

"I wouldn't have had the confidence to trust myself as a doctor. As soon as somebody questions me, I wonder if I'm wrong. I don't have an enormous amount of confidence.

"We weren't instilled with confidence as children, and we were told you should be seen and not heard."

Brown recently returned to EastEnders after a six-month break, and later this month she will appear in an episode of BBC Two sitcom Heading Out.

Said Brown: "I always like to play characters that are different to Dot. Sozzie [in Heading Out] is the complete opposite in every way.

"She speaks very loudly because her hearing isn't particularly good and she's a little fond of the drink. Not only that, but she's also, unfortunately, going slightly demented! It gave me freedom to be larger than life."