Dame June Whitfield, ‘Gran’ on ‘Ab Fab,’ Dies @ 93

A year after being made a dame, British actress June Whitfield has died at 93. Her agent confirmed she passed away "peacefully" Friday.

June Whitfield: November 11, 1925—December 28, 2018 (Image via BBC)

Whitfield granted her final interview last week, and appeared to be in fine form.

Whitfield worked exclusively in the U.K., starting on radio in the early '50s and appearing on the TV series Beggar My Neighbour (1966-1968), Happy Ever After (1974-1978) and Terry and June (1979-1987).

In 1992, she created the role of demurely sarcastic "Gran" on Absolutely Fabulous, a role she would return to for each of the series' incarnations, from 1992-2012. Her final performance was a bit part in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in 2016.

Among her many other performances, she appeared in four Carry On films (1959-1992).

Whitfield died in an assisted living facility, and was preceded in death by her husband in 2001. She is survived by a daughter, Suzy Aitchison, a TV actress.

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