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June Whitfield stars in "Absolutely Fabulous" as the mother. She recently reprised her role in the hit BBC comedy series for several 20th anniversary specials.

June Whitfield is one of Britain's leading comedy actresses. She trained at RADA then repertory and touring shows and early West End appearances included "Pink Strings and Sealing Wax" at the Duke of York's Theatre followed by Noel Coward's "Ace of Clubs," then "South Pacific" and "Love from Judy."

In 1953 she joined one of the most famous British radio series, "Take It from Here" with Jimmy Edwards and Dick Bentley, in which she created the classic character "Eth" in the notorious family the Glums. This ran until 1960. She has continued constantly in radio comedy, and most especially with "The News Huddlines," co-starring with Roy Hudd and Chris Emmett. In March 1994 this became the longest running light entertainment comedy series performed before a live audience. In drama too she is well-known. In 1993 she created the role of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple for the first time on radio in "Murder at the Vicarage." She has since completed twelve Miss Marple stories.

June's theater roles have included "A Bedful of Foreigners" at the Victoria Palace and Duke of York's, "Not Now Darling" and "Over My Dead Body" both at the Savoy, and seasons at Chichester in "An Ideal Husband" and "Ring Around the Moon." She has appeared in musicals, revue and ... . in pantomime — her last in 1994 as the fairy godmother in "Cinderella" at Wimbledon with Rolf Harris. In television she has worked with most of the top comedians such as Benny Hill, Frankie Howard, Dick Emery, Ronnie Barker and Tony Hancock. She was in two long running series with Terry Scott, "Happy Ever After" and "Terry and June," which ended in 1987, and more recently two series of "All Rise with Julian Clary." In 1992 came her role as the mother in "Absolutely Fabulous." This immensely successful series written by and starring Jennifer Saunders along with Joanna Lumley has been screened worldwide and won numerous awards.

Over the years there have been roles in several television dramas including "Common as Muck" with Edward Woodward, "Family Money" with Claire Bloom, "Tom Jones" as a character called Mrs. Whitfield, and "Jude the Obscure," as Aunt Drusilla, with Kate Winslet and Christopher Ecclestone. In 2000 she was seen in "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells" with Judi Dench and Ian Holm.

Her autobiography " ... and June Whitfield" was published in 2000. She was honored with an OBE in 1985 and in 1994 won the British Comedy Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also been honored by the Royal Television Society, becoming a member of their Hall of Fame.

In 1961 June and Richard Briars appeared together on television in Jimmy Edwards' "The Seven Faces of Jim" — surprisingly they didn't work together until they appeared together in "Bedroom Farce" which played a successful season at the Aldwych Theatre from April to June 2002. Although urged to do so, both were prevented from extending the run due to other commitments. June did return to theater though, albeit briefly, when she hosted six Christmas Concerts at The Chichester Festival Theatre during the first week of December 2002.

Over more recent years June has been busy with more radio and television including filming three further episodes of "Absolutely Fabulous." Recent television appearances include "Marple," "MI High," "New Tricks," "Last of the Summer Wine" and "Green Green Grass," all for the BBC, and "Harley Street" and "Coronation Street" for ITV.

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How old is June Whitfield? Find out here.

Age: 90 years old
Birthday: November 11, 1925
Full Name / Real Name: June Rosemary Whitfield
Birthplace: Streatham, London, England, UK
Husband: Tim Aitchison (10/24/1955 - 2/14/2001, his death, 1 child)

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