Dame June Whitfield ‘left £6.2 million in her will and made bequests to a series of charities supporting the acting community’
From Carry On films to starring in Terry And June and Absolutely Fabulous, she was the comedy darling of Middle England with a 40-year-long successful TV career.
And the showbiz world mourned Dame June Whitfield when she ‘passed away peacefully’ aged 93 in December 2018.
The Sun has now revealed the TV and film legend left ‘£6.2 million in her will’ as well as £5,000 she left for close friends to throw a ‘celebration party’ in her honour.
Revealed: June Whitfield reportedly left ‘£6.2 million in her will’ as well as the £5,000 she left for close friends to throw a ‘celebration party’ in her honour
June allegedly ‘made a series of bequests to charities, including the Actors’ Benevolent Fund.’
She ‘left a gross estate of £6.3 million and after her outstanding affairs were settled, it stood at £6.24 million.’
Leaving much of her former estate to her daughter Suzy Aitchison, it is thought that June also gave her £1million home in Wimbledon to her son-in-law Terry Quinn.
MailOnline has contacted a representative for June for comment.
The star was much loved and tributes to the actress poured in from the world of British comedy when she passed away last year.
Will: She left a gross estate of £6.3 million and after her outstanding affairs were settled, it stood at £6.24 million’
From her early radio appearances in the 1940s, through to her scatty antics on Absolutely Fabulous, Whitfield featured in more than 1,300 radio and television shows.
Stars such as Tony Hancock, Frankie Howerd, Ronnie Barker, Benny Hill, Bob Monkhouse and Tommy Cooper all clamoured to work with her.
She began her career on radio in 1946 and her big break came in 1953 in the successful radio comedy Take It From Here, in which she played long-suffering Eth whose lamenting catchphrase ‘Ooh, Ron’ – addressed to her hapless fiance – won her legions of fans.
In 1959 she made her first appearance in a Carry On film, in Carry On Nurse, and she went on to appear in three more movies in the franchise. In 1971 she recorded a version of Serge Gainsbourg’s Je t’Aime with Frankie Howerd, but the spoof was considered too risque and was banned by the BBC.
Career: Dame June Whitfield ‘passed away peacefully’ aged 93 in December 2018. She was famous for her roles in the Carry On films, Terry And June and Absolutely Fabulous
She was later cast alongside Terry Scott in the hit BBC comedy Terry And June. The chemistry between the unflappable June and her hare-brained husband was so real that many viewers believed they were married in real life and the show attracted audiences of 15million.
Whitfield described herself as living ‘in the suburban corner, in real life and in the parts I’ve played. Very English, and nothing wrong with that.’
In 1992 she became an unlikely icon to a new generation of fans with her portrayal of Edina’s unworldly mother in the international hit Absolutely Fabulous.
Family: June Whitfield with her daughter, Suzy Aitchison, after being made a CBE in 1998
Starring role: June Whitfield in Carry on Abroad with Kenneth Connor. In 2017, Judy became a dame
Originally scheduled to appear in just one episode, she went on to become one of the show’s most popular characters.
Julia Sawalha, who played her strait-laced granddaughter Saffy, said: ‘Thank you Dame June Whitfield for teaching me my craft with such grace and dignity.’
Dame June was awarded an OBE in 1985, a CBE in 2000 and, in 2017 she became a dame.
Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy, said: ‘June Whitfield was the North Star of British comedy.’