June Whitfield is a highly-respected
veteran British actress who has worked constantly for
more than 50 years.
Mainly known for comic roles, June starred in many
radio comedies in her early career, playing opposite
male comedians, such as Frankie Howerd and Tony Hancock.
She was in the BBC radio series Take It From Here as
Eth, Ron Glum's fiancee; and is a long-standing participant
in the topical series The News Huddlines with Roy Hudd.
June is one of the few surviving stars of the Carry
On films, appearing in four of the movies. She is best
known, however, for playing the wifely half of a partnership
with Terry Scott in BBC sitcom Terry And June, which
initially began under the title Happy Ever After and
ran from 1974 until 1988 (though the surnames for the
couple were changed for the relaunch of the new title).
A minor parody of this title was concoted by Julian
Clary for his Channel 4 sitcom Terry And Julian, and
June was recruited to play a role in this.
In more recent times, she was personally sought out
by writer Jennifer Saunders for her sitcom Absolutely
Fabulous to play lead character Edina's mother. She
has also appeared as the housekeeper on Friends and
was acclaimed for her performance as Miss Marple on
BBC Radio 4.
June was awarded with an OBE in 1985 for services
to her profession and a CBE for similar reasons 13
years later. She was married to husband Tim Aitchison
for 45 years until his death in 2001. Their daughter,
Suzy Aitchison, is also an actress.