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EastEnders airs sweet tribute to June Brown as Dot Cotton's first scene is recreated

EastEnders have paid a special tribute to June Brown's iconic Dot Cotton on the anniversary of her character's first appearance on the BBC One soap. In a touching scene, Natalie Cassidy's Sonia Fowler and Gillian Taylforth's Kathy Beale recreated the scene as a nod to Dot, who made her first appearance on the show on July 4, 1985 – 37 years ago.

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Joe Swash caught chatting to blonde babe on stag as Stacey Solomon left 'on edge' at home
Joe Swash, 40, was photographed chatting to a female partygoer as he enjoyed his Ibiza stag do with some pals.The former EastEnders actor jetted off to Spain on Friday after his fiancée Stacey Solomon, 32, shared her fears ahead of the raucous affair.Joe embarked on his stag do this weekend with the likes of comedian Rob Beckett, EastEnders’ Dean Gaffney, and Stacey’s dad Dave on the guest list. During the holiday, in pictures obtained by The Sun, Joe was seen chatting to a blonde beauty on a night out and later holding his head in his hands as he chatted with a mate. Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Joe for comment.Joe - who appears to be absolutely devoted to his partner Stacey - was most likely hungover, but the Loose Women star still expressed a few worries ahead of his trip. As Joe jetted off with the couple's wedding just weeks away, Stacey took to Instagram to share her concerns with her 5.3 million followers. The former X Factor finalist told fans that fiancé Joe was “the best”, but that she was still feeling seriously anxious over the stag do as Joe headed off early in the morning with her dad David. She told her followers: “Joe went really early this morning and I've just been on edge to be honest ever since. “I know he's not silly but you know when you just think 'Please don't do anything silly'.“My dad's a liability too,” Stacey added, revealing that David was a large part of why she was stressed out. “All of you have been saying oh don't worry your dad will look after him - he's the biggest liability of them all! I'm so nervous.”Sharing a picture of Rose she added: “This little pickle has been keeping me occupied all day.
Rose Ayling-Ellis supports Giovanni Pernice in sweet reunion amid Love Island romance news
EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis supported her former Strictly Come Dancing partner and pal at his show on Sunday.Their reunion came just weeks after Giovanni Pernice’s previous romance with a Love Island contestant was revealed.Giovanni, 31, is currently starring in a new show, Him and Me, with Strictly judge Anton Du Beke, 55.Rose, 27, took to Instagram on Sunday to share some hilarious snaps from their evening on Sunday.The actress jokingly attempted to imitate professional photos of the dancer in view of her 546,000 followers.One picture showed Rose staring straight down the camera lense with an intense glare.She stood with her hands on her hips, mocking Giovanni's strong stance, and didn’t stop there.Another snap showed Rose in a bowler hat, grinning widely at the camera, while doing an impression of Giovanni’s co-star Anton.Captioning the photo of the Strictly judge, she wrote: "You too @mrantondubeke."Rose also shared a video of Giovanni with a wavy filter set to the tune of Get Down On It by band Kool and The Gang.Giovanni also shared some funny footage of the pair in view of his 804,000 followers.The former dancing duo appeared to be fighting over a pen backstage, before Rose ended up suddenly snapping it. "There she is!!! @rosea,” Giovanni wrote in the caption.The cute stories come after Rose sent a sweet, supportive message to Giovanni last week - just hours after it was revealed he had reportedly gone on secret dates with Love Island's first deaf contestant, Tasha Ghouri.At the time, Rose shared a video of herself giving Giovanni a quick lesson on sign language.She wrote: “Love this video.
EastEnders star Jessie Wallace arrested for alleged attack on police officer outside club
EastEnders actress Jessie Wallace, 50, has been cautioned for an alleged attack in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, this weekend.The BBC star, who has played Kat Slater on and off for two decades, allegedly assaulted a police officer outside Verve nightclub.Jessie has accepted the caution after the alleged attack occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning.The incident is said to have happened at around 2am yesterday, with a police spokesman confirming that a 50-year-old woman was cautioned after being held on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and drunk and disorderly conduct.The Suffolk Police spokesman said: “A 50-year-old woman was arrested early on Sunday morning in St Andrew’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, on suspicion of assaulting a police officer/ drunk and disorderly conduct and was released without charge after receiving a conditional caution.”A source said the star was accompanied by a man when she was held by three officers after becoming abusive, according to the Mirror.READ MORE: Elton John ‘booed by crowd’ at farewell tour after Newcastle quipA MailOnline video clip clearly shows the actress being arrested, with an officer claiming: “You’ve assaulted me.”Express.co.uk have contacted Jessie’s representatives for comment.Jessie’s press representative declined to comment, while her agent is yet to respond.In order to accept a conditional caution, a suspect must sign a document confirming an admission to the offence along with details of what they did.It is not a conviction, but it is used as an alternative to a charge and is recorded on the Police National Computer.It is marked as spent three months after the date of issue but can still be used in any possible future criminal proceedings as evidence of
EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt quits alcohol and loses three stone amid health issue
EastEnders and most recently took part in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! The actor has revealed in a new interview that he was told by doctors he needed to give up drinking after he suffered a stomach issue, which pushed him to shed an incredible three stone.Adam admitted in his interview that due to his drinking habits his "liver was taking a hammering", leading doctors to give him a stern warning.He said: "I went into hospital with a stomach issue and they pointed out my liver was probably taking a bit of a hammering."They said, 'Look, give your liver a rest for six weeks, we’ll do some tests'.Then Covid happened and six weeks became 12 weeks."And I thought, 'Do you know what — I’ve cracked this, I don’t miss it, I'm better off without it'."He continued: "With giving up alcohol, the weight drops off and because the weight drops off it was earlier to cycle, so it was easier to stay fit", Adam told The Sun.The former EastEnders star did however admit that this doesn't mean he will be giving up booze forever, but at the moment he is "quite happy not drinking".Recently, Adam slammed EastEnders bosses for turning Ian Beale into a "sociopath" on the show.He claimed that due to this, his character had become "very unpopular" due to his "rude" ways.Adam joined the soap in 1985 and quit in January last year.Ian hit rock bottom on the soap in 2020 when he split from his long-term wife Jane, played by Laurie Brett.Speaking to Kate Thornton on her podcast White Wine Question Time, Adam admitted: "The character evolved. If you think back in the 80s, he was a spotty, teenage kid."He was getting bullied at school, his dad wanted him to do boxing."It's been a very, very long journey.
'Lifetime of hurt and rejection' EastEnders' Adam Woodyatt on son becoming an actor
EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt spoke out about how he reacted to his son Sam telling him he wanted to be an actor too.The soap star told Kate Thornton about his honesty toward Sam during a conversation on her podcast White Wine Question Time.Expressing his relief that his son turned out to be good at acting, Adam admitted that he would tell him the truth if he believed otherwise to avoid “a lifetime of hurt and rejection”.Adam began: “Sam’s going to end up following in my footsteps and end up acting, I think.“He’s actually quite good. It wasn’t a case of me looking at him going, ‘Oh, yeah, go into acting’, and thinking, ‘You’re never going to succeed’.“It was actually, ‘You’ve got a chance, you can manage it.’“If I didn’t think he was good enough I probably would have told him because otherwise he’d just be destined for a lifetime of hurt and rejection.”Speaking about Sam's acting education, Adam added: “He’s picking up little bits of work here and there.“He needs to go get some training, which he is currently applying for.“But he’s been picking up bits of work without the training, so… a bit like I did, I never had any training.”Adam had been portraying Ian Beale from 1985, before quitting the show in 2021.Ian was last seen in Walford in January 2021 after discovering Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) had been plotting to kill him.Speaking about his exit from EastEnders, Adam said: “It will have been a year since I was last in EastEnders by the time I go in.“I’ve enjoyed my time so much.