EastEnders star June Brown, best known for her role as Dot Cotton, has died at the age of 95, the BBC has announced.

She died at her home in Surrey on Sunday with her family by her side.

The iconic actress began playing the legendary character in 1985, not long after the BBC soap debuted. Tributes have poured in for the star.

An EastEnders spokeswoman said: "We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved June Brown, OBE, MBE, sadly passed away last night.

"There are not enough words to describe how much June was loved and adored by everyone at EastEnders, her loving warmth, wit and great humour will never be forgotten.

"June created one of the most iconic characters in Dot Cotton, not just in soap but in British television, and having appeared in 2,884 episodes, June's remarkable performances created some of EastEnders' finest moments.

"We send all our love and deepest sympathies to June's family and friends. A very bright light has gone out at EastEnders today but we shall all be raising a sweet sherry in June's memory.

"Rest in peace, our dearest June. You will never be forgotten."

Brown married her first husband, John Garley, in 1950. After his death, she married actor Robert Arnold in 1958 and had six children with him.