Dot to take brief soap break
It is reported that Brown, who joined the cast as Dot Cotton in 1985, has plans to write her autobiography during her time off.
Speaking to The Mirror newspaper a production insider said: "Some friends on the set feared she may be considering a permanent exit but EastEnders bosses are determined to keep her and they have offered her six months off which she has taken.
"She has admitted the filming can be exhausting and she feels some time off is long overdue."
Brown filmed her exit scenes last week and will be seen leaving the show around the middle of May.