June Spencer

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June Spencer

June Rosalind Spencer

(1919-06-14) 14 June 1919 (age 103)
Years active1943[1]–2022[2]
Known forThe Archers (1950–1953, 1956–1958 and 1961–2022)
Roger Brocksom
(m. 1942; died 2001)

June Rosalind Spencer CBE (born 14 June 1919) is an English retired actress best known for her role as Peggy Woolley in the BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers. Spencer played the character from 1950 to 1953, and again from 1962 to 2022.


Born on 14 June 1919 in Nottingham, Spencer left Nottingham Girls' High School to join an amateur dramatic society[5] and gained a London Guildhall School of Music and Drama certificate. She played the role of Peggy Woolley (née Perkins, formerly Archer) for over sixty years, beginning with the pilot episode in 1950, and ending on 31 July 2022,[6] the sole survivor from the original cast. In 1953, she left the cast to look after her family, and the role of Peggy was taken over by Thelma Rogers.[7][8]

Spencer later twice returned to the series to play another character, Rita Flynn, firstly from 1956 to 1958 and again from 1961. In 1962, Rogers left The Archers to return to the stage, and Spencer returned to the role of Peggy.[9][7][8] She has also appeared on television on Songs of Praise and in the drama Doctors. Her retirement from The Archers was announced by the BBC on 8 August 2022.[2] Her former co-star Graham Seed commended her for her "remarkable strength and resilience".[10]

Personal life[edit]

Spencer was the guest on Desert Island Discs on 28 February 2010.[11] Spencer spoke of the long-running Archers story line of Jack Woolley, her character's husband, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and of her real-life husband of 59 years, Roger Brocksom, who died from the disease in 2001. They adopted two children, first their son David and then 30 months later, their daughter Ros.[12]

Spencer turned 100 on 14 June 2019.[13]


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.[14] She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1991,[15] and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - The Archers - Peggy Woolley". bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b "June Spencer: Last original Archers cast member to retire". BBC News. 8 August 2022. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  3. ^ Spencer, June, The Road to Ambridge: My Life, Peggy and The Archers
  4. ^ Greenfield, Patrick (6 February 2018). "Give us credits, actor June Spencer urges The Archers". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  5. ^ Nottingham Post 11 June 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  6. ^ Clinton, Jane (8 August 2022). "The Archers' actor June Spencer, 103, retires after more than 70 years". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  7. ^ a b Painting, Norman (20 January 2000). "Thelma Rogers". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  8. ^ a b Ratcliffe, Hannah (16 June 2017). "June Spencer receives second honour from Queen". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  9. ^ "BBC Programme Index". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  10. ^ "I was on The Archers with June Spencer. She didn't have to leave – she is only 103 | Graham Seed". the Guardian. 9 August 2022. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  11. ^ "Desert Island Discs: June Spencer". BBC Radio 4. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  12. ^ Shennan, Rhona (8 August 2022). "June Spencer: is The Archers star retiring, how long has she been Peggy - does she have children?". nationalworld.com. Retrieved 19 January 2023.
  13. ^ Armitstead, Claire; @carmitstead (12 June 2019). "The Archers' June Spencer on turning 100: 'If I close my eyes I can be any age'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  14. ^ Hemley, Matthew (26 January 2014). "Archers actor June Spencer presented lifetime achievement prize at audio drama awards". The Stage. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  15. ^ "No. 52563". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1991. p. 11.
  16. ^ "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B9.