WALFORD icon Dot Cotton became one of the most loved characters on the BBC One soap in the course of three decades.
EastEnders will pay tribute to the late June Brown with an emotional on-screen funeral episode airing tonight. Get the lowdown.
First appearing in 1985, she was recently crowned the greatest soap star of all time.
Dot was at the centre of a series of hardhitting storylines, from being tormented by her notorious criminal son Nick to helping best friend Ethel die and happier times when Jim proposed to her on Christmas Eve.
We take a look back at some of Dot's best Albert Square moments.
Dot bumps off son Nick
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Dot first appeared in EastEnders that same year as the mother of bad boy Nick and the pair certainly had a love-hate relationship throughout their time in Walford.
Nick tried to kill her by poisoning her shepherd's pie to get his hands on her money but couldn't go through with it.
He tried again in 2009, this time asking his niece and non-biological daughter Dotty to spike her tea with crushed up pills. Dotty couldn't go through with it and spiked him instead.
Throughout the years, despite his breaks from the programme and until his death in 2015, Nick made his criminal life become his one and only career.
Nick was responsible for his son Ashley's death, although it was not intentional as he actually meant to kill Mark Fowler, who left him in a wheelchair a year prior.
He cut the breaks on Mark's motorbike but when Ashley had an argument with Mark about Nick, the young man stole the vehicle.
Ashely crashed the motorbike into the Launderette and died.
But Dot had the last laugh as she famously watched as her son die of a heroin overdose in 2015.
Dot agreed to help Ethel die on Eastenders back in 2000.
One of Dot’s most memorable pairings in EastEnders was with Ethel Skinner.
The duo formed a hilarious double-act and could often be found comically bickering, reminiscing about life during the Second World War and chasing after Ethel’s dog Willy.
But the whole nation was left weeping at their TV screens in 2000 when Dot agreed to go against her strict Christian beliefs and help Ethel die.
After a heart-wrenching chat, Dot gave her a packet of pills and a glass of water.
The episode pulled in 16.5million viewers.
Dot finally snogs Jim Branning
Soap fans around the country yelled in delight when Dot finally kissed Jim Branning.
The pair’s courtship was extremely slow and stern Dot did her best to pretend she was not impressed with his romantic actions.
Poor Jim was knocked back numerous times despite his best efforts.
Jim had to make the first move and caught Dot in a loved-up clinch behind the bar at the Queen Vic.
London Eye proposal on Christmas Eve
Dot eventually succumbed to Jim’s advances and said ‘yes’ when he proposed in 2001 inside one of the carriages on the London Eye on the South Bank of the River Thames.
They were married on Valentine’s Day in a remarkably uneventful (in soap terms) ceremony.
After a mishap with viagra, Dot decided that their marriage should remain purely platonic.
The loveable pair were devoted to one another and their hilarious bickering made for some of the soap’s best scenes.
Making soap history
In 2007, Jim Bardon – who played Jim Branning – suffered a stroke.
To explain his absence from the soap, his character suffered the same fate.
The result was a poignant episode in which Dot carried an entire programme single-handed.
She performed a monologue in which she recorded a message for Jim to listen to in hospital.
She was the first actress to have a soap episode entirely to herself and it landed her a BAFTA nomination.
Dot's cancer diagnosis
In a 2004 plot, Dot was diagnosed with kidney cancer.
She decided not to tell anyone except her friend Dennis Rickman.
She initially refused treatment and planned to die quietly, but was eventually persuaded to undergo chemotherapy and made a full recovery.
The programme makers sought advice from health professionals, including Macmillan Cancer Support.
June Brown confessed she was unhappy with the storyline, saying: “It’s ironic because I’ve played her as a hypochondriac, longing for attention, for 20 years.
“Now something’s wrong, she doesn’t want anyone to know.”
Dot dabbles with drugs
After taking a break from 1993 to 1997, June Brown returned as Dot, and began dabbling in "alternative therapies".
Viewers were in hysterics seeing Dot stoned when she confused cannabis for herbal tea – and found herself under arrest as a result.