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June Rosalind Spencer
(1919-06-14) 14 June 1919
|Known for||The Archers (1950–52, 1961–present)|
( m. 1942; died 2001)
June Rosalind Spencer CBE (born 14 June 1919) is an English actress best known for her role as Peggy Woolley in the BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers. As of 2019, she is also the third longest serving soap opera actor, in any medium
Spencer was born in Nottingham, England. After leaving school she joined an amateur dramatic society and gained a London Guildhall School of Music and Drama certificate. She has played the role of Peggy Woolley (née Perkins, formerly Archer) for a period of 68 years beginning with the pilot episode in 1950, and is the only remaining member of the original cast. In 1953/54, she left the cast to look after her family, and the role of Peggy was taken over by Thelma Rogers. Spencer later returned to the series playing Rita Flynn, a role she had originally played in tandem with that of Peggy. In 1961/62, Rogers left The Archers to return to the stage, and Spencer returned to the role of Peggy.
She was the guest on Desert Island Discs on 28 February 2010. Spencer spoke about the long-running Archers storyline on her husband's Alzheimer's disease, and about her real-life husband of 59 years, Roger Brocksom, who died from the disease in 2001. She has also appeared on television on Songs of Praise and in the drama Doctors.
On 12 July 2012, Spencer was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Nottingham as a Doctor of Letters for her services to broadcasting. She was given a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2014 BBC Audio Drama Awards. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1991, and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.
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