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The 100-year-old soap star: why it's time to make The Archers' Peggy a dame

June Spencer (pictured in 2015) turns 100 today
June Spencer (pictured in 2015) turns 100 today Credit: Andrew Crowley

Hang out the Ambridge bunting and deck the village hall for a very happy 100th birthday to June Spencer, who plays matriarch Peggy Woolley in The Archers, and has done so from the very beginning. That was nearly 70 years ago, and it makes her quite possibly the soap actress who has spent the longest amount of time playing a single character in the world. She said this week she has no plans to retire.

Archers fans know her as the strait-laced, loyal and opinionated mother of Tony, Lilian and Jennifer, widow of Jack Archer and Jack Woolley. A highly principled woman, Peggy – who, at a sprightly 95, is five years younger than the actress who plays her – is the moral backbone of her family. Her major...

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