'EastEnders' legend June Brown says she won't stop drinking and smoking at age 92

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EastEnders legend June Brown says she won’t give up smoking and drinking at the age of 92 (Getty Images)

EastEnders legend June Brown has revealed that she’s not giving up Guinness and cigarettes, despite being 92-years-old.

The actress, who plays Dot Cotton on the BBC soap, said there is no point giving up the things she enjoys because she will “die of something fairly soon”.

As well as keeping up her 70-year smoking habit, Brown also revealed that she’ll keep indulging in red wine and dark chocolate, even though she’s allergic to the latter.

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Speaking to the Radio Times, she said: “I’m going to die of something fairly soon so why not enjoy myself? I love red wine and also dark chocolate, even though I’m allergic to it and it makes me sneeze.

“And the Guinness helps me keep a bit of weight on,” she added. “So I don’t need to be careful about what I eat or drink.”

June Brown has played chain-smoking Dot Cotton for decades. (Derek Cox/PA)

On continuing to smoke, she said: “What’s the point of counting how many cigarettes I smoke a day? I’ve been on them for over 70 years.”

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Brown went on to reveal that she avoids modern technology and current affair as much as possible, adding that she prefers to relax by watching Sir David Attenborough documentaries.

She also said that News at Ten and Loose Women gives her “all I need to know”.

Brown recently updated fans about her eyesight, having undergone surgery to improve her vision in 2017. Speaking to The Mirror earlier this month, the actress revealed that she doesn’t recognise people she knows because she has “no central vision at all”.

She said: “I’ve got very poor sight. I’ve got extra lenses inside my eyes to try and help me read better. They help with my peripheral vision, but I’ve got no central vision at all. I haven’t driven for years and I can’t really go out socially due to my eyesight.”