Barbara Windsor suffering from Alzheimers disease:
Barbara’s husband Scott, 55, has now detailed her condition which he has revealed was diagnosed in 2014.
Barbara 80, is most well-known for her role as Peggy Mitchell in the BBC soap EastEnders, where she took on the matriarch in 1991 when she claimed the Queen Vic pub in Albert Square.
Although she left the show several times throughout her 25 years, she made her final exit in 2016.
Speaking to the Sun Scott revealed he suggested to Barbara she should return to EastEnders one final time.
The couple agreed that it was a good idea to kill off her character. He said, “Barbara contacted the Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins to make the suggestion and at first he was reluctant, he said, ‘I can’t kill an iconic character’.
“So I went to see him and, without giving the full situation, confided that she was really struggling to learn lines and wouldn’t ever be coming back again after this. I asked that she have an autocue on set, just as a safety net. But in the end, she just used it to refresh her memory between takes.
“If you saw the Peggy death scenes, you could see she wasn’t reading it. Ironically, I think it’s some of the best work she ever did. I was incredibly proud of her.”
Following her exit, Barbara received a Damehood for her services in showbusiness and charity.
On the announcement, Scott added: “Firstly, I hope speaking out will help other families dealing with loved ones who have this cruel disease. Secondly, I want the public to know because they are naturally very drawn to Barbara and she loves talking to them.”
In the article written by Loose Women’s Jane Moore Scott told of Barbara’s struggle with the disease.
He said: “Since her 80th birthday last August, a definite continual confusion has set in. So it’s becoming a lot more difficult for us to hide.”
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, says: “We were saddened to hear that Barbara Windsor has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease – but we applaud her husband Scott’s decision to speak out about her condition.
“Stigma around dementia still exists, and many people are facing it in the shadows. ‘Babs’, a true cultural icon, is much loved, and speaking out about her experiences will no doubt shine as a beacon for others wanting to live well with dementia.
“We are here to support people like Barbara and want to reach everyone with a dementia concern or diagnosis. We would urge anyone concerned about dementia, or supporting a loved one with the condition, to contact us.”
Anyone who would like more information, or is worried about dementia, should look up alzheimers.org.uk or call our helpline on 0300 222 1122