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EastEnders spoilers: Dot Cotton actor June Brown made OBE in New Year's Honours plus Coronation Street & Emmerdale news

JUNE Brown, best known as chain-smoking Albert Square stalwart Dot Cotton in EastEnders, has been made an OBE in the New Year Honours.

She has been recognised for services to drama and to charity.

The veteran actress said: "Thank you for the award. It is a great honour and I would like to thank Her Majesty, and all those involved in my recommendation."

Brown, 94, was previously made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2008 for services to drama and charity.

She served in the Women's Royal Naval Service at the end of the Second World War, and then left to train at London's Old Vic Theatre School in Lambeth.

Before joining EastEnders in 1985, Brown appeared in a spate of TV shows including Coronation Street (1970-71), where she played Mrs Parsons, and The Duchess Of Duke Street (1976), where she starred as Mrs Leyton.

Read our soaps live blog for the latest news and gossip…

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    EastEnders legend June Brown awarded OBE in Honours list

    Actress June Brown, best known as chain-smoking Albert Square stalwart Dot Cotton in EastEnders, has been made an OBE in the New Year Honours.

    She has been recognised for services to drama and to charity.

    The veteran actress said: "Thank you for the award. It is a great honour and I would like to thank Her Majesty, and all those involved in my recommendation."

    Brown, 94, was previously made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2008 for services to drama and charity.

    She served in the Women's Royal Naval Service at the end of the Second World War, and then left to train at London's Old Vic Theatre School in Lambeth.

    Before joining EastEnders in 1985, Brown appeared in a spate of TV shows including Coronation Street (1970-71), where she played Mrs Parsons, and The Duchess Of Duke Street (1976), where she starred as Mrs Leyton.

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    EastEnders shock as Phil Mitchell takes drastic action

    EASTENDERS fans are in shock after Phil Mitchell fled Walford with son Raymond.

    The Walford hardman – who is played by actor Steve McFadden in the BBC soap – is being hunted by police for Vincent Hubbard’s murder.#

    Viewers know he didn’t kill Vincent, Aidan Maguire did, but the Fox’s don’t care and have conspired to have him arrested.

    In tonight’s episode he discovered the plot and planned to snatch son Raymond and flee for another life.

    But as Sharon desperately tried to appeal to Phil’s better nature – it looked like she was getting through to him.

    Read more here.

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    Kate Garraway made MBE in Queen's New Years Honours

    Kate Garraway has been made an MBE in the New Year Honours after documenting her husband Derek Draper's battle with coronavirus.

    The TV presenter, 54, has been recognised for her services to broadcasting, journalism and charity. She is a well-known face on ITV, having presented multiple shows including Good Morning Britain, GMTV and Lorraine in a career spanning several decades.

    In September 2021 she won the authored documentary prize at the National Television Awards for her hard-hitting documentary Finding Derek.

    The programme charted her family's struggle to get her husband home from hospital after he became seriously ill with Covid-19 in March 2020.

    Though Draper, a former political adviser, is now free of the virus, he has sustained long-lasting damage to his organs and his recovery is ongoing.

    A sequel, titled Caring For Derek, will show the period following Derek's return home as Garraway navigates the challenges of the social care system. It is set to air in 2022.

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    Where to get all the latest on EastEnders

    If you’ve missed out on an episode or would like to get in on some gossip, we’ve got you covered.

    • Visit our EastEnders page for the latest gossip
    • Find all EastEnders spoilers here

    EastEnders star Max Bowden poses with girlfriend after Xmas

    EASTENDERS actor Max Bowden shared a snap of his rarely-seen girlfriend Roisin Buckle after enjoying a ‘blinding’ Christmas together.

    Uploading the image to his Instagram page, Max wrote: “Christmas over for another year. Looking forward to the new year especially after this one.

    “Had a blinder with Rodderz. @roisinbuckle”.

    She’s been by Max’s side as he’s suffered the heartache of losing three friends in just one year.

    All the latest Corrie gossip right here

    • Visit our Coronation Street page for the latest gossip
    • Find all Coronation Street spoilers here

    Corrie’s Tracy Shaw looks unrecognisable 18 years after character 

    CORONATION Street star Tracy Shaw is unrecognisable 18 years after starring on the long-running soap.

    The actress, 48, looked a world away from the cobbles as she shared a snap of herself behind the scenes at a theatre.

    Tracy most recently starred as Anabelle in The Cat and the Canary, sharing pictures on Instagram of the play’s run in Lichfield and Leeds.

    Posting a smiling snap of herself in character in the theatre dressing room, she wrote: “Last 2 shows playing Annabelle west at the grand theatre Leeds 💕

    “we started this play before we’d even heard of Covid , on our second leg of tour, 3 lateral tests a week for Covid we’ve been able to open many theatres , and hopefully entertained our audiences with an amazing cast !

    “I feel very emotional to say good bye today to a wonderful part 💕

    “Thank you to all the theatres and audiences and our wonderful cast, most of all our backstage crew 😘😘😘😘😘without them the show doesn’t happen 🙏”.

    Bill Roche receives New Year's Honour

    LEGENDARY Corrie actor Bill Roache has been featured on the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

    Coronation Street actor William Roache has said he is "delighted" to have been made an OBE.

    The 89-year-old, who holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-serving TV soap star in the world, has been honoured for his services to drama and charity.

    "I'm delighted to be receiving an OBE as it's such a wonderful honour. I can't tell you how proud I am," he said.

    "Coronation Street has given me so much in life and I absolutely love the programme and everyone who works on the show."

    Al Chapman's threats (continued…)

    However, the New Year will see Cain (Jeff Hordley) turn the feud into a war as he lashes out on Ellis.

    After Cain goes on a night out with Moira, he leaves his son Kyle (played by Huey Quinn) with Belle and Ellis.

    But when Priya calls for Ellis' help, a key mixup leads young Kyle to hospital after being left out in the car in hypothermic conditions.

    Furious and extremely worried for his son, left in a critical state, Cain sees red and gets revenge on Ellis, whom he blames for the incident.

    Cain first orders Marlon to evict the young man from Tall Tree before abandoning him out on the moors.

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      Emmerdale’s Al Chapman threatens to murder Cain Dingle’s son Kyle in sickening plot

      AL Chapman's ongoing feud with the Dingle family is not set to be resolved any time soon.

      An upcoming episode of Emmerdale will see the businessman (Michael Wildman) make a veiled death threat to Cain Dingle, targeting 10-year-old Kyle.

      In recent weeks, Al's plan to sabotage The Woolpack and turn it into luxury flats has made him into one of most unpopular characters in the ITV soap.

      But as tensions grow between him and the Dingles, Al also has to deal with Gavin, a business partner determined to get his money back, no matter the cost.

      Viewers have suspected that the thug could take his frustrations out on Ellis, Al's 24-year-old son.

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      Inside EastEnders Natalie Cassidy’s countryside mansion

      While her character lives in a hectic household in Albert Square, the actress, 38, has a more idyllic lifestyle in a countryside home.

      Inside the stunning pad, the kitchen appears to be the heart of the house, with the actress posting photos in there with her children, cooking, enjoying a cup of coffee or receiving large bouquets of flowers positioned on the black granite worktop.

      The rustic oasis has vintage wooden floors, white wooden cupboards with silver handles, a dishwasher, electric stove, coffee machine and a chic wooden table.

      Meanwhile, the cosy living room features a large fireplace, extra wide screen TV, wood flooring and statement floral wallpaper.

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      EastEnders shock as Phil Mitchell takes drastic action

      EASTENDERS fans are in shock after Phil Mitchell fled Walford with son Raymond.

      The Walford hardman – who is played by actor Steve McFadden in the BBC soap – is being hunted by police for Vincent Hubbard’s murder.#

      Viewers know he didn’t kill Vincent, Aidan Maguire did, but the Fox’s don’t care and have conspired to have him arrested.

      In tonight’s episode he discovered the plot and planned to snatch son Raymond and flee for another life.

      But as Sharon desperately tried to appeal to Phil’s better nature – it looked like she was getting through to him.

      Read more here.

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      EastEnders shock as Rocky left to die following heart attack

      EASTENDERS viewers are in shock after Rocky was left to die after collapsing with a heart attack.

      Falling to the floor, he clutched his chest and it was clear he had another heart attack.

      He was left to die, leaving fans in shock. 

      One said: “Hope this is not the end of Rocky, I like him.”

      Another wrote: “Oh no rocky is brown bread”

      A third mused: “If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Shirley was feeling a bit sorry for Rocky. Like she’s a saint or in a position to judge anyway. It was just a few months ago she hit Phil over the head and left him for dead and was pushing drugs on the side with Jean”

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      When will Emmerdale, Coronation Street and EastEnders be on?

      The soaps decided to air hour-long episodes on New Year's Eve instead, with fans being able to see out 2021 with their favourite characters.

      Typically Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

      Emmerdale usually airs from Monday to Friday, while a double bill is scheduled on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

      EastEnders typically airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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      Why have soaps been cancelled on New Year's Day?

      Fans of Emmerdale, EastEnders and Coronation Street will be bitterly disappointed to hear the major soaps will not be showing any episodes today (January 1, 2022).

      Despite New Year's Day being one of the most anticipated episodes with typically explosive storylines, the three soaps have decided to scrap the custom.

      With New Year's Day, January 1, falling on a Saturday, the New Year's Day episodes will not air.

      Although Christmas episodes are aired regardless of the day the celebration falls on, the same rule does not apply to New Year's Day.

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      EastEnders fans in shock as they spot soap icon in Netflix film

      NETFLIX’S Don’t Look Up boasts the most impressive A-list movie cast of the year – but it’s an EastEnders legend that caught the eye of soap fans watching in the UK.

      Himesh Patel holds his own in the apocalyptic satire alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill.

      The 31-year-old spent nine years in Walford as Tamwar Masood before his big Hollywood break in 2019’s Yesterday.

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      Sarah Jayne-Dunn wows in lingerie

      The Hollyoaks star, 40, showed off her toned figure in nothing but a sheer burgundy lingerie set over a blazer and thigh-high fishnets.

      Sarah completed the look with her hair loosely clipped up and reading glasses.

      Sarah smiled towards the camera at the professional photo shoot as she pointed followers to her OnlyFans page where they could get a 50% discount on their subscription.

      For the next 31 days, fans can access her exclusive content for just £5.60 after Sarah earned a whopping £121,000.

      The actress was sacked from the Channel 4 soap after signing up to OnlyFans but it was later revealed bosses had no plans to kill off her character Mandy, who she had played for 25 years.

      Read more here.

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      Emmerdale horror as Meena confesses

      EMMERDALE’S Manpreet Sharma has finally discovered the full extent of her sister Meena Jutla’s sickening crimes.

      The captive doctor – who is played by actress Rebecca Sarker in the ITV soap – was horrified last night as Meena confessed to all of her killings.

      Having her sister captive in her upstairs bedroom – Meena decided to confess everything she had done to get Manpreet’s full reaction.

      Viewers are terrified for Manpreet.

      One wrote: “Every time Meena is on the telly she has me enraged!!!

      she’s definitely the villain of all villains.”

      A second said: “Meena’s a basket case, she needs to get out of Emmerdale, she reminds me of something from a horror movie, she needs a dagger in her heart.”

      Another rejoiced: “Police finally arrive to arrest Meena.”

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      Explained: Why did Tristan Gemmill leave Corrie?

      Tristan Gemmill, 54, dramatically left the show back in 2019, when his character died on Christmas Day.

      He gets caught in the crossfire as Derek Milligan decides to get revenge on Gary Windass after their business partnership soured.

      Derek furiously wields a gun in the Rovers and during the firefight Robert is fatally shot.

      Tristan originally joined Corrie in 2015, but devastated fans when he tweeted n April 2019: “Folks, I just wanted to let you know that the time has come for me to hang up the chef’s gear and head for pastures new.”

      His most dramatic storylines on the cobbles have included an affair with Carla O’Connor, fighting testicular cancer and having a secret baby behind Michelle’s back.

      After leaving the soap he went on to star in the West End alongside Beverley Knight in the musical The Bodyguard.

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      Tracy Shaw’s character on Corrie

      Tracy is best known for her years playing hairdresser Maxine Peacock between 1995 and 2003.

      But her run on the show came to an end when she was brutally murdered by Richard Hillman.

      Maxine, was married to butcher Ashley and had a young son Joshua, was famously killed by Richard who beat her with a crowbar after she returned home from the pub.

      Tracy first appeared on the cobbles as a friend of Fiona Middleton and her time there saw her have a one-night stand with Fiona’s boyfriend – Steve MacDonald.

      She also ended up having a baby by the local doctor – despite being married to Ashley.

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      Corrie’s Tim receives terrifying health diagnosis

      In an episode due on the air in the new year, the couple kick-start 2022 with a new and healthy lifestyle and book their own health checks with Dr. Gaddas.

      However, when Sally passes her test and deems that both of them deserve a treat, Tim is reluctant.

      He then appears taking a furtive phone call to confirm an appointment, leaving Sally none the wiser.

      Tim later refuses to join Sally for a run, insisting that he needs to go to work.

      A text appearing on his phone confirms a medical appointment that afternoon at 3pm, which he nervously attends.

      As it turns out, Tim has booked an appointment with a cardiology consultant and soon finds out he will need a massive operation to avoid death.

      Despite the worrying diagnosis, Tim still refuses to tell Sally anything, which only prompts her to think the worst.

      When Peter tells her Tim lied and never went to work after skipping his run with her, Sally is uneasy and quickly assumes that her husband may be embarrassed to be seen with her.

      Will Tim tell Sally his health is in danger?

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      Spoiler: Emmerdale’s Al Chapman threatens to murder Cain

      An upcoming episode of Emmerdale will see the businessman (Michael Wildman) make a veiled death threat to Cain Dingle, targeting 10-year-old Kyle.

      The New Year will see Cain (Jeff Hordley) turn the feud into a war as he lashes out on Ellis.

      After Cain goes on a night out with Moira, he leaves his son Kyle (played by Huey Quinn) with Belle and Ellis.

      But when Priya calls for Ellis' help, a key mixup leads young Kyle to hospital after being left out in the car in hypothermic conditions.

      Furious and extremely worried for his son, left in a critical state, Cain sees red and gets revenge on Ellis, whom he blames for the incident.

      Cain first orders Marlon to evict the young man from Tall Tree before abandoning him out on the moors.

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      EastEnders' Louisa Lytton shares unseen photos from pregnancy

      EASTENDERS star Louisa Lytton has shared a series of unseen photos from her pregnancy as she paid an emotional tribute to her baby daughter.

      In one photo, Louisa posed in black lace underwear and a matching bralet as she showed off her growing bump.

      In another picture, she gave fans a close-up glimpse of her belly as her adorable dog Riley rested his head on her bump.

      In a third snap she showed off her stomach from a view from a side.

      Louisa, who shares four-month-old Aura with fiancé Ben Bhanvra, also treated fans to some precious moments once their daughter had arrived.

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      EastEnders shock as Rocky's left to die

      EASTENDERS viewers are in shock after Rocky was left to die after collapsing with a heart attack.

      Falling to the floor, he clutched his chest and it was clear he had another heart attack.

      He was left to die, leaving fans in shock. 

      One said: "Hope this is not the end of Rocky, I like him."

      Another wrote: "Oh no rocky is brown bread"

      A third mused: "If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Shirley was feeling a bit sorry for Rocky. Like she’s a saint or in a position to judge anyway. It was just a few months ago she hit Phil over the head and left him for dead and was pushing drugs on the side with Jean"

    • Milica Cosic

      Inside EastEnders Natalie Cassidy's countryside mansion

      While her character lives in a hectic household in Albert Square, the actress, 38, has a more idyllic lifestyle in a countryside home.

      Inside the stunning pad, the kitchen appears to be the heart of the house, with the actress posting photos in there with her children, cooking, enjoying a cup of coffee or receiving large bouquets of flowers positioned on the black granite worktop.

      The rustic oasis has vintage wooden floors, white wooden cupboards with silver handles, a dishwasher, electric stove, coffee machine and a chic wooden table.

      Meanwhile, the cosy living room features a large fireplace, extra wide screen TV, wood flooring and statement floral wallpaper.

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