June Whitfield speaking on ITV to promote the forthcoming Absolutely Fabulous movie has praised Jessie Wallace following the pair working together last year on EastEnders.
It was announced in March 2015 that June would be making a guest appearance in the long running BBC One soap opera as a nun. The 90-year-old actress, who has also starred in her own sitcom Terry and June opposite the late Terry Scott, said at the time of her casting:
“I have watched EastEnders for years, and have been so impressed by the standard of acting. It was an absolute delight to work with Jessie Wallace and I am very excited to be part of the show.” – June Whitfield
Speaking earlier today to Lorraine Kelly on her ITV breakfast show she added:
“I think she was my first nun. Working with Jessie Wallace was a joy, she is so good she is magnificent.”
June appeared as Sister Ruth first in May 2015, reprising the role one final time in January this year. The storyline saw Jessie Wallace’s character of Kat Moon discover via the character of Sister Ruth she had given birth to twins and not one child as she had always been lead to believe.
While June noted Sister Ruth was her ‘first nun’ in a 70-year career the actress has played parts in numerous popular television programmes over the years with roles including a nurse opposite Tony Hancock in Hancock’s Half Hour, a housekeeper in a London-set episode of hit stateside comedy Friends and as a regular during the final five years of Holmfirth based sitcom Last of the Summer Wine as Nelly.
The vetran actress, who made her professional debut in 1944, has also appeared in a string of big-screen movies including Carry On Abroad and the forthcoming Absolutely Fabulous film which reunites her with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley from the successful BBC television series.
Jessie Wallace departed EastEnders in January with the character leaving for Spain.