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'EastEnders' June Brown taking six-month break

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June Brown - aka EastEnders' Dot Branning - is taking a six-month break from the soap.

Brown, who joined the cast as Dot Cotton just a few months after the show premiered in 1985, is taking an extended holiday and plans to write her autobiography during her time off, according to The Mirror.

Dot learns that Pat has discharged herself from hospital

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"Some friends on the set feared she may be considering a permanent exit but EastEnders bosses are determined to keep her and they have offered her six months off which she has taken," a production insider said.

"She has admitted the filming can be exhausting and she feels some time off is long overdue."

Brown's agent said yesterday: "June has taken some time away from EastEnders to focus on her autobiography, but she will be returning to the programme."

An EastEnders spokesperson also confirmed that Brown is on a break "but will be back in a few months".

It has been reported that the 85-year-old actress originally suggested a year's sabbatical to producers.

Brown filmed her exit scenes last week and will be seen leaving the show around the middle of May. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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