14/08/2014 12:55 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Eastenders' Dot Cotton Says Soaps Are Not For Children

Despite her role in some harrowing storylines over the years as EastEnders' pensioner Dot Cotton, actress June Brown says that some soap plots can have a bad effect on children.

The Mirror reports that the 86-year-old star thinks screen dramas contribute to children growing up too fast.

"I don't think soaps are really good," June said when asked if EastEnders was suitable viewing for children.

"They can't stay ­children for long enough. They put make-up on, have their ears pierced and wear short skirts."

June, herself a mum-of-six, also said she wishes she had stayed a theatre actress rather than moving into television.

In an interview with the Radio Times she explained that having a family made her career change direction.

"I am ­disappointed it didn't go the way I expected – in classical theatre," she said, "Because I had the children, I stopped being an actress as such and became a mum who acted."