Joanna Lumley pays tribute as Absolutely Fabulous co-star June Whitfield dies

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

Actress Dame June Whitfield has died aged 93

Joanna Lumley, who starred alongside Dame June as Patsy in the comedy show told ITV News: "I am heartbroken to lose such a darling friend and shall never forget her sensational talent, humour and her generosity to us all who had the joy of working with her on Ab Fab".

'You were a great source of inspiration to me.

Dame June enjoyed a long and varied career, excelling in comic roles before tackling shorter parts - and making numerous guest appearances later in her career.

And, while she boasts a career spanning decades, it is her role as mum in Ab Fab that she was most noted for.

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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. Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy, called her "the North Star of British comedy".

Her career took off when she rose to fam on the radio comedy Take It From Here in 1953 at a time when radio was far more popular than television.

"She will always have a most special place in my heart".

"Very sad at the news of the death of the wonderful June Whitfield".

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She was best known for her work with comedian Terry Scott, co-starring in sitcoms Terry and June and Happy Ever After, where they played a husband and wife duo.

"Dame June replied. Fifteen years later when I met her she had all my letters and the notes of the show she sponsored".

The London-born actress passed away on Friday with her agent saying she died peacefully according to the BBC.

He wrote: "June Whitfield's incredible career in British comedy stretched all the way from "Hancock's Half Hour" to "Absolutely Fabulous".

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