The BBC is reporting that Whitfield died on Friday night at 93.
Whitfield’s career touched just about every part of the entertainment industry from early radio comedies, acting in the “Carry On” films, to co-leading the beloved BBC sitcom “Terry and June” that ran from 1979 to 1987. She kept working long into her career even appearing in the 1998 London-based “Friends” episode, the new revamped episodes of “Doctor Who” starring David Tennant and landing a recurring role of Gran/Mother in Jennifer Saunders’ “Absolutely Fabulous.” She also continued to appear on radio, voicing Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple for nine years on the BBC Radio 4.
When Whitfield was appointed with the honor of damehood at the age of 92, Charles, Prince of Wales told her this celebration had been “some time coming.” He wasn’t the only royal fan of Whitfield. Her Majesty the Queen once did an impression for Whitfield mimicking the actresses’ voice from the 1953 radio comedy “Take It From Here.”
Tributes to her lengthy career are already growing online:
RIP June Whitfield, telly legend and star of Carry On, Ab Fab and Terry & June. May you rest on an eternal sun lounger forever. https://t.co/9FamS9xRNc
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) December 29, 2018
— Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) December 29, 2018
Askey, Hancock, Carry On, Rag Trade, Steptoe, Frankie Howerd, Harry Worth, The Goodies, Morecambe & Wise, Dick Emery, Cannon & Ball, Mike Yarwood, Absolutely Fabulous, FRIENDS…#JuneWhitfield underpinned classic comedy for SIX decades.
What a woman. pic.twitter.com/06ZIClRohl
— Rae Earl (@RaeEarl) December 29, 2018