June Whitfield

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June Rosemary Whitfield, CBE (born 11 November 1925) is an English actress, known in the United Kingdom since the 1950s for roles in radio and television comedy series.

Her first big break was a lead role in the radio comedy Take It From Here, and television followed, including appearances with Tony Hancock throughout his television career. In 1966, Whitfield played her first television sitcom role, in Beggar My Neighbour and this ran for two years. She also starred in several Carry On films.

In 1968, June Whitfield and Terry Scott began their long television partnership which peaked with roles as husband and wife in Happy Ever After and Terry and June. From 1992 to 2003, Whitfield appeared in Jennifer Saunders's sitcom Absolutely Fabulous and has played a regular character in Last of the Summer Wine as well as a recurring character in The Green Green Grass.

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Early life

June Rosemary Whitfield was born in Streatham, London in 1925.[1] She made her first stage appearance aged three after her mother, Bertha, enrolled her at Robinson's Dance studio.[2] Whitfield attended Streatham Hill High School, before being evacuated in World War II to Bognor Regis, where she attended St Michael's School, and to Penzance in Cornwall. She then moved with her parents to Huddersfield where she learnt shorthand and typing. She then continued to study secretarial skills at Pitman's College, Brixton Hill.[3] In 1944, Whitfield graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with a diploma.[1] In 1955, June Whitfield married Tim Aitchison and they had one daughter, Suzy, who became an actress.[1]

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