EastEnders star June Brown says she has no plans to stop drinking or smoking in her old age

By Jodi Guglielmi
April 16, 2019 01:05 PM
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June Brown doesn’t plan to change her habits anytime soon.

The British actress said that at the age of 92, she doesn’t see a point in being precious about her health and has no desire to stop smoking or drinking.

“I’m going to die of something fairly soon, so why not enjoy myself,” she told Radio Times magazine, according to The Guardian.

The actress said her biggest indulgences include dark chocolate — even though she is allergic — and wine.

“[I] love red wine and also dark chocolate, even though I’m allergic to it and it makes me sneeze,” she said. “And the Guinness helps me keep a bit of weight on. So I don’t need to be careful about what I eat or drink.”

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As for her smoking habit, Brown said the damage is already done.

“What’s the point of counting how many cigarettes I smoke a day?” she said. “I’ve been on them for over 70 years.”

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Brown is best known for role as Dot Cotton in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.Though she took a brief break playing the character in the mid ’90s, Brown has starred on the show since 1985.

Earlier this month, Brown opened up about suffering from age-related macular degeneration, which is causing her to slowly lose her vision.

“I’ve got very poor sight. I’ve got extra lenses inside my eyes to try to help me read better,” she said. “They help with peripheral vision, but I’ve got no central vision.:

Brown said the condition has become so severe that she struggles to recognize her longtime friends and colleagues.

“I can’t go out socially,” she said. “I never go to soap awards now. I don’t recognize people I know and they would think that I was snubbing them.”