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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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More EastEnders stars join in tributes to Bardon

Penny Fenwick said he would miss John Bardon Credit: PA Wire

Other EastEnders stars paying tribute to the actor include Perry Fenwick (Billy Mitchell) and Natalie Cassidy, who plays Sonia Fowler.

Fenwick said: "John was a lovely, lovely man to work with. I'll miss him" while Cassidy said: "I never had a real granddad so John was like an actual granddad to me. He was a lovely man and I learnt a lot from him."

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