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Ab Fab news: June Whitfield made a dame at 91!

She can add this to the accolade of national treasure

Ab Fab and Terry And June star June Whitfield said being made a dame was the “icing on the cake”.

The 91-year-old has been made a dame for services to drama and entertainment.

“It’s amazing and a great honour and the icing on the cake of life,” she said in a statement to the Press Association.

 June Whitfield (Ian West/PA)
June is already a national treasure (Credit: PA)

The veteran actress played Edina Monsoon’s mother in Absolutely Fabulous and reprised her role last year in the spin-off movie.

She has worked with some of the biggest names in British comedy, including Tony Hancock, Morecambe and Wise and Frankie Howerd.

The London-born comedy star notched up credits on the West End and in radio before she became a household name in her long-running partnership with the late actor and comedian Terry Scott.

Their sitcom marriage in Happy Ever After, in 1974, later became Terry And June and Whitfield was also a regular in several Carry On films