Absolutely Fabulous stars lead tributes to Dame June Whitfield

Dame June Whitfield after she was made a dame by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in November 2017

The actress was best known for her comic roles in sitcoms Terry and June and Absolutely Fabulous.

The actress' agent said she peacefully passed away in her home on Friday evening, according to a report from the BBC.

She was made a dame in 2017 for services to drama and entertainment.

During her life in showbusiness, she tackled bawdy comedy in the Carry On films and starred in the long-running sitcom Terry And June, as well as Absolutely Fabulous.

In a statement to Press Association, Saunders said: 'It's so tremendously sad to lose June. "She was so loved and I will miss her hugely".

Joanna Lumley, who played Edina's hard-drinking and promiscuous friend Patsy Stone, said she was "heartbroken" by the death. "Thank you, June Whitfield", she wrote online.

David Walliams hailed June's "incredible career" and said the star was "always being brilliant".

The veteran actress, who has died aged 93, was described as "humble", a "friendly goddess" and having "the warmest heart" by a string of big names including Emma Bunton and Miranda Hart. She is survived by their daughter, the actress Suzy Aitchison. And she remained committed to radio throughout her career, most notably being Roy Hudd's versatile sidekick on his News Huddlines. Though she had found it hard to disguise her bitterness when Terry and June was axed, complaining of "inverted snobbery" at the BBC, when the camp comedian Julian Clary sent up the old sitcom in Terry and Julian (1992), she showed no hard feelings and dropped in for a guest appearance. You were a great source of inspiration to me.

She also appeared in Carry On films and featured in the United States sitcom Friends.

Whitfield enjoyed a career spanning decades, appearing on some of Britain's most popular TV shows and earning generations of fans drawn by her wide range and impeccable timing. "Fifteen years later when I met her she had all my letters and the notes of the show she sponsored".

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