Shock! Barbara Windsor’s leaving EastEnders

Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap. There’s still time to enter this week’s caption competition so get scribbling and make us all laugh. Terrible news has been announced by the BBC: Barbara Windsor is leaving EastEnders. She has said she wants to spend more time with family.

Barbara Windsor has become one of the nation’s most-loved television matriarchs ruling the Mitchells with an iron fist and a heart of gold. She was awarded an MBE in 1999 and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards in May this year.

She said of her departure: "EastEnders has been wonderful to me and it’s no secret that it changed my life all of those years ago. I’ll be so sad to leave Peggy behind; she’s such a wonderful character to play. I have had the pleasure of working with a marvellous cast and crew and have made many lasting good friends. To have had the honour of showing the Queen around the set is something that will stay with me forever.”

The star added: "I would like to thank the BBC for the incredible opportunity they gave me and above all, I must thank the wonderful viewers for their support over the years. I’m looking forward to the future and I suppose when all’s said and done, I should spend a bit more time with my old man, as he’s not getting any younger."

She’s due to depart for good in 2010 and it’ll be a very sad day for fans of the Mitchell family: no Grant (played by Ross Kemp) and very soon, no Peggy. Barbara Windsor made her stage debut at the age of 13 and her West End debut in 1952. Her first film role was in The Belles of St Trinian’s in 1954. But she’s best known for the Carry On films; she starred in nine – beginning with Carry On Spying and ending with Carry On Dick, between 1964 and 1977.

Barbara Windsor took over the role of Peggy Mitchell from actress Jo Warne in 1994. She’s so identified with the part that it’s easy to forget that she wasn’t there first. It’s Peggy’s relationship and rivalry with Pat Evans (Pam St Clement) that has spiced up EastEnders in recent years. It’s a shame we’ll lose that. We’ll also lose her catchphrase – altogether now: "Git aaahhhhwwwta mah pub!"
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70 Responses to Shock! Barbara Windsor’s leaving EastEnders

  1. becky says:

    glad she\’s leaving to be honest, peggy has always got on my nerves. best the actress goes now anyway-the soap is un-watchable now, the story lines are laughable (eg. death of danielle and heathers baby) only good thing in it recently was the portrayal of stacey and jean-their relationship and battle with mental health-very well acted and very moving.

  2. Bill says:

    Agree with becky, peggy is like a living fossil

  3. catherine says:

    Sorry to see Barbara go – shes one of the good actors in the show..but she has been working since aged 13 time for herslef and family..

  4. Barbara says:

    Sorry to see her go , but – drinks on the ouse?

  5. WEE NASTY says:


  6. Joanna says:

    final nail in eastenders coffin

  7. Johanna says:

    I think it\’s ridiculous Peggy Mitchell is leaving Eastenders, it\’s her alongside the other Mitchells who make that show altogether. With Grant already gone. Peggy and Phil carried that show so I don\’t know what\’s going to happen now that Peggy\’s leaving. Phil is gonna have a hard job on his hands, I\’ve been watching Eastenders since I was 3yrs old 16 yrs later I\’m still watching it. I think the Slaters, Beales and Masoods will be the stars of the show now…

  8. Christina says:

    its a shame she going but it soap land and some other actress will be morfed in to peggy its been done with sam and other people in other soaps

  9. Ed says:

    Damn, now tht shes gonna go, archie..(or janie) is going to get the pub…or wil jack and phil team up… and get the pub?

  10. John says:

    Get rid of the whole silly programe

  11. annem says:

    Anne wrote:I will be very sory to see Barbara go, my Husband & I met her sixteen years ago when she was apprearing at music hall and she signed her book for us it was just before we got married and she wished us the best of luck, she was really genuine, she will be sadly missed

  12. Baina says:

    AWW I will miss you Barbara! all the best for the future!

  13. liz says:

    Walford will not be the same without you Barbara your a part of Eastenders and will be sadly missed

  14. Mary says:

    Maybe Barbara could return to Eastenders now and again. It would not be the same without her!

  15. Jean says:

    Never thought the programme would ever be the same after Angie Watts (Anita Dobson) then we got Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor) so how do you top that – come on producers who will be the next landlady of the Queen Vic – it had better be good!!!!!

  16. ShuHenaa says:

    i really enjoyed peggy and i miss her phrase \’Git aaahhhhwwwta mah pub\’. babra was great at playing peggy helping every one out and being generouse to every one. i dont want her to leave her role as peggy in eastenders but it was wonderful watching her act and make eastenders a fab soap.

  17. Valerie says:

    You will be missed Peggy Mitchell! The Square will not be the same without you.

  18. Dave says:

    Always thought Barbara Windsor was a one trick pony and after watching her in Eastenders it comfirmed it. Sorry but she should have stuck to the \’Carry On Films. Just watch her limited facial movements and you will see what I mean. Never ever was she a convincing Peggy Mitchell. Wailing \’Wheres Gwant and My fill\’ or \’Git owt of my pub\’ is hardly stretching her talents. Red her biography and you will see she is NOT the lovely lady people think she is.Total me me me. Good riddance. She\’ll be back when the bank balance goes down.Just like all the others that leave and then return \’cos they can\’t get work.

  19. dawn says:

    If eastenders kill her off then we will kill eastenders!

  20. Elizabeth says:

    How I agree with David Slater. Can\’t she go now?

  21. Rachel says:


  22. stephen says:

    About time too. Can\’t say I will be sorry to see her go.

  23. Becka says:

    O.o OMG!!shes the best one in the show fgs!!yu cant let her go

  24. Becka says:

    nd well said anna btw ^^

  25. John says:

    ahh that sucks shes leaving, why couldnt they axe Daniella \’cokehead Westbrook and give Barbara a huge bonus to stay!such a shame shes leaving 😦

  26. Beryl says:

    What a shame!! If she must go then let it be a nice happy ending and don\’t kill her off. Good luck for the future Barbara.

  27. Becka says:

    aww thts sweet beryl =))

  28. samantha says:

    i will miss u pegg i have eastenders in my life as long as i can remember my watch it and love it to day she die and i hope that pegg has a good send off miss u for eva pegg estednder will not be the same with out u and pat have a fall

  29. Unknown says:

    Frank say\’s, it is a pitty to see her go, but if she wants to spend more time with her family, ho are we to deny her this, good luck peggy, and i hope that you enjoy your retirement, you really do deserve it especially after all the Films you were in, that made all of laugh until our sides split, onc again Peggy good luck.

  30. Pat says:

    I\’m glad she\’s going – never did like Barbara Windsor or her character Peggy Mitchell – let\’s hope we\’ll see less of her nowPat

  31. James says:

    Of course its time she went. Well past her sell by date. She should now get a life in the real world. The whole show needs an update or be scrapped.

  32. shereen says:

    noooooooooo i love peggy ,, dont want her 2 goooo 😦 ,,i love the way she stands up 4 her family and thats how it should be.. Any way she is an amazing actoress and we will miss her. Wish her best her her family time and hope she has a lovely future ahead of her

  33. Nicky says:

    i am so sorry to hear that barbara winsor is leaving eastenders. I have been a big fan of the show and of babs since i was very small. It will be a very sad day when she leaves and i would like to wish her all the love and happiness in the world. I will miss u babs xxx

  34. Jane says:

    im very very sad 2 c that barbara (peggy) is eaving eastenders. wat i will miss about her most is \’GET OUTA MA PUB\’.

  35. Douglas Richard says:

    DougWhat is all the fuss about, she should have retired years ago. Get a life you lot, she is only an actor, and not a very good one,at that.

  36. Hannah says:

    what?! its a soap none of them are that good, shes one of the good ones! its sad, its the end of an era. but i think her reasons are good. 😦 shame tho

  37. Michelle says:

    Really sad to hear the news of Barbara Windsors departure, the Soap will not be the same without her, I am really shocked, part of the fixtures and fittings just doesn\’t come into it. She is a great character and will be greatly missed but deserves some well earned rest with her family.

  38. alison says:

    im with doug astle (see below) on this one.its way past the time she should have gone!maybe we will get someone with more than two facial expressions!

  39. Lamiaa says:

    She is a gr8 character. but it is time to leave and let the youg actor to have a chance to glow.

  40. christine says:

    I hope she gets out and stays out, better still, take the whole program off and make way for some decent programs with actors in them.

  41. Salma says:


  42. Chris says:

    I just feel so sorry for her \’real life, old man\’, having her back at home again during the week. I bet he\’ll be hitting the bottle, big time, at the news. Anyway, let\’s all hope she leaves her wig behind for her \’soap son\’ Phil to wear in future episodes…it\’s about time we all saw a bit more of his feminine side, eh Phil….mate ? : )

  43. smile says:

    My actually start to watch it again now that Mrs think shes wonderful is leaving. Never understood why we were wasting licence fees paying her silly amounts of money in the first place!

  44. Tom says:

    I really couldn\’t care less. There are far more important things in life to worry about than WHAT EVER actor it is leaving a programme which is well past its sell by date any how.

  45. Stephanie says:

    sad to see her leave she is a legend. love her ineastenders and love her more in the carry ons x

  46. Margaret says:

    She will be missed , sad to see her go ,she is an important part of east enders. all the best barbara.

  47. emma says:

    oh no its a real shame peggys going if it wasnt for her eastenders wouldnt be what it is today dont leave barbra windsor xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  48. dee says:

    will not miss her at all. put bianca behind the bar then we will have some fun and games…….

  49. Unknown says:

    i m goin 2 miss barbara who play peggy mitchell she a great actress in eastenders & other programmes. hpe she hve a good time with her family & spent most of it bless her 🙂

  50. jeanette.rudd says:

    I\’m really sad to hear the news that babs is leaving, i think she will be sorely missed by us the viewer, she has become integral to the show over the years and can\’t think who wll be able to take overte queen vic, what an act to have to follow, small lady big shoes! I wish her luck for he future, and look forward to seeing her make appearances in other things hopefully.

  51. Unknown says:

    Sad – Don\’t think so. People & young soldiers being blown up all over the world. Eastenders I can live without – Wouldn\’t waste by brain watching it. Watch discovery – at least it\’s about the real world.

  52. jeanette.rudd says:

    Please get rid of tony, his story line has gone on far too long, he needs some acting lessons! Please can we have a couple of good looking men, since liam show sadly lacking apart from jason who is portrayed as a bit thick, we need someone who is a strong actor but also good to look at, surely that\’s not too much to ask! No wonder Eastenders is winning all the awards! Seriously who\’s idea was it to pair tony and maria? Corrie could wipe the floor with Eastenders if the cast was improved, someone please have the courage!

  53. Jenny says:

    I stopped watching Enders when b windsor joined, terrible actress,like pauline, might start watching again..jeni

  54. Andi says:

    Glad she is leaving!! She is a scrubber in life as well as the soap. Hated her in the Carry On films; cheap and nasty. Never watched Eastenders, banned my children from watching it too.It is the dregs. And she is the typical of all I abhore

  55. Nina says:

    I am really sad to hear that Barbara windsor is leaving, I enjoyed watching her and pat having their moments. I thinks babs is a great actress & the show will lose something when she goes. Thankyou Barbara windsor for your time on eastenders you were a joy to watch. I love the show & will continue to watch it 🙂

  56. Kazzy says:

    But who will shout at her "get out of my pub"I will miss her she was a loving lady who has been threw so much in Eastenders. Coping from cancer , helping her boys get out of trouble. Finding out her daughter buired the sexy den watts aka leslie grantham. Shes a sex bomb and she should do the thing she loves most… im sure she can find time to do both.Love you babsXxXx

  57. Keely says:

    aaww it wont be the same without her. 😦 im such a saddo!!

  58. jacqui says:

    can\’t believe peggy is leaving she is the best star in eastenders, eastenders isn\’t going to be the same without her. hope she has a good future. going to miss you peggy

  59. jacqui says:

    people should really start respecting people for who they are it not all about the young actresses in eastenders. peggy has been there for years now and should have nice comments about her

  60. clark says:

    I can\’t believe there\’s people leaving cruel comments – I mean If you don\’t like her why waste your own time leaving nasty comments for her ?She\’s a normal person , not some posh Helen mirren , she\’s has made many of Eastenders greatest moments and will be one of their most memorable charachters.Just hope they let her shout "get out my pub!" on her last episode – that be the note to finish on.Still Eastenders also has many other great actors ( lacey turner being the first to spring to mind ) , so though i\’ll miss her the show will go on .

  61. Diane says:

    I read Barbara\’s book of her life story when I was in hospital and it made me happy to be alive. Good luck to you Barbara……………….. enjoy your time with the family. However Eastenders won\’t be the same without you.

  62. Tony says:

    Shock! Barbara Windsor\’s leaving EastEnders about bloody time too she can\’t act the only thing she was good for and that was the Carry on films ever since she came into Eastenders she has always acted like the mother of the Kray twins with fat Phil and the other one Grant.Why the hell do the Mitchell family rule Albert Square is beyond me. Everyone is scared of the family and the show is run like a gang land show, well it i stopped watching Eastenders six months ago as the show has to much bullying and why do they always shout at each other?Christ sake take the soap off the air it\’s past it\’s sell buy date and nothing is modern all dark inside the houses on the square I know that it is a stage set but come on get real what goes on in this soap doesn\’t happen in the real world it\’s too over dramatised and the scripts are really apalling well thats my moan for the day and good ridance to Barbara Windsor.

  63. bupe says:

    Eastenders wont be the smae without peggy its a shock to me and i think shes the one who made the whole show come together and more exciting anyway good luck to her and her future

  64. joan says:

    about time too, the women is over seventy for gods sake she has had too good for to long.Give others a chance.

  65. pat says:

    When they say she\’s goin next year can they make it early January and can she take Bruce Forsyth with her,

  66. maggie says:

    eastenders won\’t be the same without peggy

  67. Neil says:

    Come on, her acting is very poor, way below the standards of most of the others. It\’s amazing that with all her experience, she\’s still outshone by young actors like those who play Libby and Tam. "Go on, sling yer hook" I say.

  68. Jenna says:

    i wll miss peggy so much.its just would not be the same :\'(

  69. Rachel says:

    I don\’t like Eastenders but I now that Eastenders will not be the same without Peggy. She is in almost every episode or all episodes so is seen a lot. My sister will miss her in Eastenders bcause she watches every episode

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