Remembering when June Brown and Lady Gaga became best friends

21 February 2020, 16:22

June Brown and Lady Gaga met on The Graham Norton Show in 2013
June Brown and Lady Gaga met on The Graham Norton Show in 2013. Picture: BBC/Twitter

By Tom Eames

They were the most unlikely duo, but Lady Gaga and June Brown became each other's biggest fans on one amazing night in 2013.

Lady Gaga and EastEnders star June Brown met on The Graham Norton Show when they both appeared as guests.

The two famously hit it off on Graham's sofa, and shared a glass of wine while chatting to the funnyman.

In 2019, June revealed how kind Lady Gaga was to her behind-the-scenes, telling the Daily Star: "She was so funny, intelligent and down to earth, but when she went in front of the press, you could see her put the Gaga persona on."

Gaga was such a big fan that she even invited her to a nightclub in London.

"She saw me sitting on my own and came back, dropped the whole Gaga thing and invited me to a nightclub," she said.

"Sadly I couldn't make it, but I thought what a charming and talented girl."

Brown had impressed Gaga with her style on the show, with the singer saying at the time: "I am a really big fan of yours.
You are so fabulously dressed. I am honoured to be sitting next to you."

She then picked up June's glass of wine and said: "I want to drink from your cup to see what those genes are."

June Brown - who has played Dot Cotton on the soap EastEnders since 1985, has announced that she has left the soap.

While bosses have said the the "door is open" for Brown's return, the 93-year-old confirmed that that she doesn't expect to come back.