June Whitfield ‘one feels so honoured’ as she’s made a dame

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June Whitfield ‘one feels so honoured’ as she’s made a dame Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
June Whitfield ‘one feels so honoured’ as she’s made a dame Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

June Whitfield ‘one feels so honoured’ as she’s made a dame

Huge popular actress June Whitfield ‘proud’ about honour

Absolutely Fabulous star June Whitfield has spoken of her pride in being made a dame.

The star was given the honour by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace for services to drama and entertainment.

June Whitfield ‘one feels so honoured’ as she’s made a dame Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
June Whitfield ‘one feels so honoured’ as she’s made a dame Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Dame June told the Press Association: “It’s absolutely remarkable. One feels so honoured and proud. It takes a lot of getting used to.”

Perhaps best known for her role as the mother of Jennifer Saunders’s hedonistic Edina in Absolutely Fabulous, Dame June also became the regular voice of Agatha Christie’s beloved Miss Marple on BBC Radio 4 throughout the 1990s.

The 92-year-old, who has had a career spanning seven decades, said she was “still going, or just about”.

Dame June Whitfield from Kingston Upon Thames is made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace (PA)
Dame June Whitfield from Kingston Upon Thames is made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace (PA)

When asked about any future career plans she said: “It just depends, I think I’m now more suitable for a role that takes place in bed or in a wheelchair or something so there’s not too much walking about.”

The former Carry On films actress landed her first lead role for radio in the early 1950s, before becoming a regular feature on British television in comedy series such as Last Of The Summer Wine and The Green Green Grass.

She said she had seen “a lot of change” in the course of her long career, notably that now “it’s so much more about money.”

The new dame said Charles told her the honour “was a long time coming”.

Source: whatsontv co uk

Tags: Honoured, Prince Charles, Buckingham Palace, June Whitfield

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