"Absolutely Famous" actress June Whitfield has died. She was 93. According to BBC, Whitfield's agent said she passed away "peacefully" Friday evening.
In her six decades long career, Whitfield starred in the BBC sitcom "Terry and June" and appeared in the "Carry On" movie series. In 1998, she made a guest appearance in a London-based episode of the sitcom "Friends". In "Absolutely Fabulous," she was the mother of lead character Edina Monsoon, played by Jennifer Saunders.
Julia Sawalha, who played Whitfield's granddaughter Saffron in the series, tweeted that the actor had been an inspiration.
"Thank you #damejunewhitfield, for teaching me my craft with such grace and dignity.I always wanted you to know how in awe of you I was, however, you were always far too humble to accept my adoration. You were a great source of inspiration to me. Bye-bye Gran," she posted
TV producer Jon Plowman, who worked on Absolutely Fabulous, said there was "no-one with a better ability to just 'place' a line, always an act of utter precision".
"Very sad at the news of the death of the wonderful June Whitfield. There was no-one with more warmth or a better ability to just "place" a line ,always an act of utter precision. Hit after hit! Take it from Here Terry and June Absolutely Fabulous over seven decade. A great loss".
(With PTI Inputs)