The residents of Albert Square will say their final farewells to Dot Branning in a special episode honouring the death of EastEnders stalwart June Brown, the BBC has said.

Brown became a cultural fixture for her long-running turn as the inimitable Dot Branning - best known as Dot Cotton, the character's previous married name - providing Walford with one of its best-loved and most memorable figures.

The actress, who played the chain-smoking hypochondriac Dot for more than 30 years, died at her home on 3 April aged 95.

In a special EastEnders episode airing this winter, Dot's family and friends will come together to say their final farewells at her funeral after news of her death reaches Albert Square. In the current EastEnders storyline, Dot is living in Ireland.

As per Dot's wishes, her funeral will be held in Walford, with her family and friends giving her the send-off she deserves, the BBC has said.

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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."

As Dot, Brown first appeared in Albert Square in EastEnders' 40th episode in 1985. It was a role that would come to define her.

In 2008, she became the first EastEnders actress to carry an entire episode single-handed.

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In it, Dot dictated her life story to a cassette so her husband could listen to it in hospital following a stroke.

In December 2021, Brown was made an OBE in the New Year Honours of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama and charity.

She was previously made an MBE in 2008 for services to drama and charity.

Source: Press Association