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.
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