EastEnder’s Milly Zero quits TBEN soap after three years ending Dot Cotton’s legacy as former stars return to Walford for her funeral
Milly Zero has quit EastEnders after appearing in the popular TBEN soap for three years.
The actress, 23, who plays Dotty Cotton, has already filmed her final scenes and viewers are bidding farewell later this year.
The door has reportedly been left ‘open’ if she wants to return in the future, but for now she will be leaving after her grandmother Dot’s funeral.
So sad: Milly Zero (left) has quit EastEnders puts an end to Dot Cotton’s (right June Brown) legacy after appearing in hit TBEN soap for three years
A source told The Sun: ‘Dotty will be leaving Albert Square shortly after Dot’s funeral.
“But the door is left open for her return. This isn’t a final goodbye for Dotty.’
Beloved character Dot, played by June Brown, left the show in January 2020 to go to Ireland with her grandson Charlie.
Moving on: The actress, 23, who plays Dotty Cotton, has already filmed her final scenes and viewers will be saying goodbye later this year
She played the part of Dot for 35 years and was part of the Branning clan after marrying character Jim Branning in 2002.
June died in April this year at the age of 95.
Milly previously told the publication that during the filming of the scenes, the cast cried “real tears” as they got together for the incredible episode.
‘This isn’t a final goodbye’: The door has reportedly been ‘left open’ if she wants to return in the future, but will leave for now after Dot’s funeral
Sorely missed: Beloved character Dot, played by June Brown, left the show in January 2020 to go to Ireland with her grandson Charlie
She said, “It was such an emotional day. We actually cried tears during filming because it really is such a beautiful tribute to her. There are elements of the episode that will make you laugh.
“June was always a little naughty on set and often changed the words of the script, but that was just her.
“She would have loved to see us all get together for the episode. I’m so proud to play her granddaughter, it’s really a dream role. We will always miss her.’
RIP: It was previously revealed that soap operas were working on a tribute for EastEnders legend June Brown, (pictured in 2002), who died in April this year at the age of 95
EastEnders confirmed the full lineup of former stars who returned to Walford for the funeral last month.
The TBEN soap revealed that six actors will reprise their roles for the special episode in which Albert Square residents say a final goodbye to the beloved laundromat worker.
Among those returning is Jacqueline Jossa, who played Dot’s granddaughter Lauren Branning and said it was a “no-brainer” to return, and Tom Watt, who played George “Lofty” Holloway.
While the lineup is being completed by returning actors are Colin Russell (Lord Michael Cashman CBE), Barry Clark (Gary Hailes), Mary ‘the punk’ Smith (Linda Davidson) and Disa O’Brien (Jan Graveson).
Back Again: Among those returning is Jacqueline Jossa, who played Dot’s granddaughter Lauren Branning and said it was a ‘no-brainer’ to return
Return: Lofty, who last returned in 2019 for Dr. Legg, will be back again for a sad occasion