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The English countryside and the English sense of humour

The English countryside and the English sense of humour

June Whitfield gets down to basics for her icon nominations.

She may be a city dweller, but she has a high regard for the English countryside. “I am glad it’s there. I’m a Londoner born and bred, but I love West Sussex in particular.”

She also nominates the people of England. “I think [what’s special about England] has something to do with the people, the people who live here - probably the sense of humour. The English have the ability to laugh at themselves.”

June has made a profession out of the nation’s ability to laugh at itself, appearing in some of our best-loved TV and radio comedy series – from Hancock’s Half Hour  to Absolutely Fabulous.

Read our interview with June

Image of June Whitfield © TopFoto.co.uk

Countryside Image © Ted Davis

The English countryside and the English sense of humour

June Whitfield OBE, CBE

Comedy actress

Born in London, June Whitfield trained at RADA as a straight actress, but has played largely comic roles since the early 1950s. She’s worked closely with many of England’s comic legends, from Tommy Cooper and Peter Sellers to Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. She received a British Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement award in 1994 and published her autobiography, And June Whitfield, in 1999. Married to Tim Aitchison until his death in 2001, their daughter Suzy Aitchison is a comic actress.