JUNE WHITFIELD
Actress

Best Film Carry On Girls
Best Character Councillor Prodworth in Carry On Girls
Silliest Name Councillor Prodworthy in Carry On Girls
Films 4 - Nurse, Abroad, Girls, Columbus
Best Line In Girls - Too councillor Bumble who's naked in the bath, "You are a weak kneed ass, and as far as I can see you are poorly equipped to carry out your civic duties as your domestic ones".

 

June Whitfield began her career in the 40's. She worked in the West End and across the country on stage but it wasn't until 1951 that she got her first credited TV role, The Passing Show, which enabled her to get cast in the West End version of South Pacific. She also worked quite heavily in radio, Take It From Here with Jimmy Edwards and Dick Bentley. She played Eth in a section of the show called The Glums. In 1966 she got her first starring role in the sitcom Beggar My Neighbour and perhaps her turning point was when she appeared with Terry Scott in Scott On... and this was a partnership that she continued with Terry until 1987. She also did lots of other things, eg Bless This House, The Goodies, The Dick Emery Show along the way.

People of a certain generation will probably remember her best and most fondly for Terry and June which ran for a total of 65 episodes which was 9 series until 1987. She was quite happy to send herself up, an example of 1992 sitcom Terry and Julian with Julian Clary which was a spoof of Terry and June. She also continued dipping her toes into radio with the satire programme The News Huddline with Roy Hudd and continued with stage appearances like An Ideal Husband.

Modern audiences would probably know her best from Absolutely Fabulous which played from 1992 to 2012 in which she played the slightly dotty mother to Jennifer Saunders' character.

In 1955 she married Timothy Aitchison and was married happily until 2001 when her husband died. The couple produced a daughter, Suzy Aitchinson, who also became an actress. Later on, in her twilight years, she moved into a care home and she died on 29th December 2018 aged 98.

June has played in four Carry Ons that span almost the entire series. She appeared briefly in Nurse as Leslie Phillips' girlfriend. Her other roles are larger - in Abroad we see her as Evelyn Blunt, the frigid wife of Kenneth Connor who loses her inhibitions when she has a brief fling with a Spanish waiter. Her most memorable role is probably Councillor Prodworthy, the leader of a Women's Lib group who sabotages the beauty contest and causes the event to end in chaos in Carry On Girls. She had a small role, almost matching her first appearance, as the Queen of Spain in Columbus playing once more against Leslie Phillips' King.

She was awarded an OBE in 1985, CBE in 1998 and was made a Dame in 2017 - all for services to entertainments.

Although strictly not a Carry On Regular - only being in four films - she is included in this website's Regulars because the public associate her strongly with the Carry On films.

In December 2017, she said that she was living in a care home. She died in London on 29 December 2018, aged 93. Her funeral was held at All Hallows Church in Tillington, near Petworth in West Sussex, on 18 January 2019, attended by many of her co-stars and personal friends. A memorial service was held for her at St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden on 27th November 2019.

 

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