Still from EastEnders - 11 August 2008
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How EastEnders showed John Bardon's illness

EastEnders actor John Bardon, who played Dot Branning's husband Jim in the soap opera, has died aged 75.

The screen star suffered a debilitating stroke seven years ago, and was forced to drastically reduce his appearances in the BBC One show.

His illness was reflected in the series, as shown in a broadcast on 11 August 2008.