Natalie Cassidy shared wine and curry nights with EastEnders co-star June Brown
Natalie Cassidy used to have wine and curry nights with her 'EastEnders' co-star June Brown.
The 39-year-old actress has played Sonia in the long-running BBC soap opera since 1993 and had known Dot Cotton star June - who died in April aged 95 - since she was a child and she's now opened up about the pair's sweet friendship which involved boozy nights in where they would help each other learn their lines.
According to The Daily Star newspaper, Natalie said: "We had such fun. We went on holiday together. She used to stay at my flat. We got a curry and a bottle of wine and read our lines.
"I'm a bit of an old soul. Instead of going out with the youngsters I was working with, I would always spend my time with June.
"We used to go for lunch in the canteen. We would chat away. And I spent hours and hours with June in her dressing room, chatting about life."
While speaking at an EastEnders press event, Natalie went on to talk about the upcoming extended episode which features Dot's funeral and is due to air on December 12.
According to Digital Spy, she explained: "I see it as something that you have to sit down and watch. It's a moment in television history and I think everyone should sit with a small glass of sherry.
"I think this is absolutely needed for June's send-off, Dot's send-off, to sit down with your family and say: 'This is a piece of television that's very, very special".