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Eastenders actor John Bardon dies aged 75

John Bardon, who starred as Jim Branning in Eastenders, has died aged 75.

He played the character from 1996 to 2011, and married character Dot Cotton in 2002.

He suffered a stroke in 2007 and was subsequently written out of the soap.

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EastEnders team praise Bardon's 'exceptional talent'

"Loved by us all, John was an exceptionally talented actor whose humour, mischievousness and brilliant performances made Jim Branning one of Walford's most loveable, memorable characters and we will miss John forever.

"Our love and deepest sympathies are extended to Enda, his truly wonderful wife, at this very sad time. May he now rest in peace."

- EastEnders spokesperson

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