Dot Branning's homophobia shocks EastEnders fans as Colin Russell returns

EastEnders viewers were left shocked over Dot Branning's gay marriage comments as her old pal returned to the soap.

Dot, played by June Brown, told openly gay Sonia Fowler that she would not be attending the wedding of her longtime friend Colin Russell, who is gay.

Dot Branning and Coin Russell
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Dot said: "I've been invited to a friend's wedding. I can't go. I want to go but it isn't right. They shouldn't be getting married."

She added: "Look I got an invitation and I thought about it and I decided no and I don't want to talk about it anymore."

Colin then showed up and declared that he planned to escort Dot to the wedding, telling her: "Hello Dot. I had a feeling you might not turn up unless I came for you."

Some fans think there might be a storyline in the works in which Dot changes her ways.

Some viewers speculated this was leading up to a story about Dot's mental health.

Other viewers were just delighted by the return of Lord Cashman to the soap.

EastEnders airs on BBC One.

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