EastEnders’ Emma Barton reacts to June Brown’s sudden exit and hints at return

EastEnders actress Emma Barton has reacted to June Brown's sudden exit after 35 years – and has hinted that there is some hope for fans desperate for her return to Walford.

The 93-year-old legend, who played Dot Cotton in the BBC soap, turned down the chance of signing a retainer contract after feeling disappointed in her recent storylines.

Dot left Albert Square after Martin Fowler told her that he was to blame for stealing her missing savings, even though her granddaughter Sonia was actually to blame.

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Appearing on Lorraine today, actress Emma Barton said that she "hopes [June] is going to parachute back [into Walford]".

"She's a darling, but I know the entire EastEnders family love her," she gushed.

But when probed on what had happened, Emma insisted that she didn't know as she hadn't been in since November.

However Emma added: "She's an inspiration to us all."

June previously insisted that she would not be returning to screens as the iconic character, who first appeared in July 1985, and confessed Dot has left Albert Square "for good".

Speaking on the Distinct Nostalgia podcast to former co-star Rani Singh, who played shop owner Sufia Karim, June said: “I don’t want a retainer for EastEnders, I’ve left. I’ve left for good.

“I’ve sent her off to Ireland where she’ll stay. I’ve left EastEnders. I did make up a limerick. It’s a bit dirty.I went back to do a good story. Alas and alack, when I got back it had gone up in smoke.

“I got a small part, a very small part. And that ended up as a big wet fart. Alas and alack, I will never go back.”

*Lorraine airs weekdays at 8am on ITV

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