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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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June Brown tribute to onscreen husband

June Brown and John Bardon at the British Soap Awards 2005. Credit: Doug Peters /©Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com

The onscreen wife of actor John Bardon has paid tribute to him. He is understood to have died in the early hours of this morning, seven years after a debilitating stroke which has left him needing round-the-clock care in recent years.

June Brown said she hoped he was now "at peace".

I am so sorry that John has passed away but hope that he is now at peace after seven difficult years. I shall miss him very much as I loved him dearly. My thoughts are with his devoted wife Enda.

– June Brown

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