After from graduating from RADA, June Whitfield has been a 'with', and then most decidedly an 'and' to all the comic greats since the late 1940's: Arthur Askey, Tony Hancock, Wilfrid Pickles, Jimmy Edwards, Bob Monkhouse, Ronnie Barker, Benny Hill, Dick Emery, Terry Scott, Frankie Howerd, Roy Hudd, Kenneth Williams, Julian Clary, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders. Her range has encompassed Shakespeare and the 'Carry OnÂ…' films, Oscar Wilde and 'Absolutely Fabulous', Noel Coward and 'Friends' but she is best known for an iconic run of television comedies starring alongside a galaxy of leading men and for the many parts on radio and television she has made her own: as Eth Glum, wife to Ron, in Take it from Here in the 1950's to Jennifer Saunders' Mother' in Absolutely Fabulous in the 1990's.
Throughout her long career June Whitfield has kept scrapbooks and in this autobiography she pulls on them to recall and illustrate her long and varied career. From Carry On to Terry and June to Absolutely Fabulous and much much, more June has entertained us for 60 years and this book illustrates just why she is a British institution.
June Whitfield's career has spanned fifty -seven years of British comedy, from the early days of radio's Take It From Here to the BBC TV's Absolutely Fabulous. From Shakespeare to the Carry On films, from Penge rep. To the London Palladium, there is hardly a theatre or studio where she hasn't appeared and in the process acquired a wonderfully funny backstage story to tell. In the long professional life she has worked with all the comic greats, from Arthur Askey, Tony Hancock, Wilfred Pickles, Jimmy Edwards, Bob Monkhouse, Ronnie Barker, Benny Hill, Dick Emery, Terry Scott and Frankie Howerd to Roy Hudd, Julian Clarey and Jennifer Saunders. 'The considerable pleasures of this book derive from the same qualities that Whitfield brings to her usual work: intelligence, imperturbability, an eye for detail and, above all, blissful insouciance...The reader can't help cheering her on' Lynne Truss, Sunday Times 'June Whitfield's brilliant autobiography proves that the actress is still going strong at 75' Daily Express
In a fifty-six-year career spanning 'Take It from Here' to 'Absolutely Fabulous', June Whitfield's presence in a show has always been a hallmark of quality. From Shakespeare to 'Carry On' films, from Penge rep to the Palladium, there is hardly a theatre or studio where she hasn't appeared, and in the process acquired a wonderfully funny backstage tale to tell. June Whitfield writes perceptively about the great comics she has known in her long professional life. She views the changing fashions in television with benign detachment, and relishes being in the modern comedy loop. Actress, storyteller, wife and mother - whatever the role, she remains endearingly herself and one of our greatest national treasures.