McLynn joined EastEnders to work with Dot Cotton

Pauline McLynn joined 'EastEnders' to work with June Brown.

McLynn joined EastEnders to work with Dot Cotton

Pauline McLynn joined 'EastEnders' to work with June Brown.

The Irish actress makes her on-screen debut in tonight's episode as Yvonne Cotton - the mother of Dot Branning's mysterious grandson Charlie Cotton (Declan Bennett) - and she admits she was initially reluctant to join the BBC One soap until she learned she would work with the Walford legend.

Quizzed about working with June, Pauline said: "That's why I'm there, I'll be honest with you. Sometimes you get a bit conflicted, thinking, do I want to be in something that's so iconic? And will I ever want to watch it again? Because that's my favourite soap.

"They said, 'Well, it would be a Dot Cotton storyline.' By the time they finished saying the word 'Dot', I said, 'I'll be there.'

"She's a goddess, really. She's done it all. I spent a day working with her in her [character's] living room and her kitchen, and just to see her working - the woman is 88-years-old and she's a dynamo!"

While Pauline is best known for her comedy roles - including the beloved Mrs Doyle in 'Father Ted' - she's excited to play a more serious character.

Appearing on ITV's 'Lorraine' this morning, she said: "She's a very dour woman. If she smiles at you, you're really in trouble then! I see a lot of people on social media going, 'There must be a bit of comedy coming to EastEnders' ... not with me there ain't!

"It's fabulous for me, because she's this stone-faced woman."

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