Dot Cotton star June Brown can no longer watch 'EastEnders' due to deteriorating eyesight

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June Brown during filming for the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
June Brown during filming for the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

June Brown's deteriorating eyesight means she can no longer watch EastEnders, the soap she starred in as Dot Cotton for 35 years.

The 93-year-old who left the show earlier this year has explained that she is able to do “very little” due to her poor vision but can still read.

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She told The Mirror: "I haven’t been watching it as I find it difficult to see the television very clearly.

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"If your sight is poor, there’s very little you can do. I read my Kindle instead. I can see where everything is around the house but nothing’s clear.”

Dot Cotton, played by June Brown, is set to return to EastEnders on 14th April. She is pictured in Gravesend, 25th February 1997. (Photo by Alisdair MacDonald/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Dot Cotton, played by June Brown, is set to return to EastEnders on 14th April. She is pictured in Gravesend, 25th February 1997. (Photo by Alisdair MacDonald/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

Brown first revealed her eyesight problems last year as she shared her experiences of age-related macular degeneration which left her struggling to leave the house to socialise.

It comes as the soap veteran quit her role as Dot Cotton back in February after 35 years playing the God-fearing East Ender.

She said: “I don’t want a retainer for EastEnders, I’ve left. I’ve left for good. I’ve sent her off to Ireland and that’s where she’ll stay.

The cast of EastEnders on set. June Brown as Dot Cotton, 28th June 1991. (Photo by Nigel Wright/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of EastEnders on set. June Brown as Dot Cotton, 28th June 1991. (Photo by Nigel Wright/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

"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.

“Well that is no joke. 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.”

An EastEnders spokesperson said at the time that the "door remains open" if the actor ever wished to return.

Brown joined the long-running programme shortly after it began in 1985 before taking a break between 1993 and 1997, and remained a regular upon her return.

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