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EastEnders stars pay tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor, who dies at the age of 83


Dame Barbara Windsor was the landlady Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders from 1994 to 2016.

And her former castmates used their droves on social media to pay tribute to the TV legend after learning that she passed away at the age of 83 after battling Alzheimer's disease.

Barbara died in a London nursing home at 8:35 p.m. on Thursday, confirmed her husband Scott Mitchell, 57.

Memories: Adam Woodyatt, whose character Ian Beale was once beaten by Peggy on the series, called it one

"It was a privilege and an honor": EastEnders stars Jessie Wallace (left) Adam Woodyatt (right) Steve McFadden and Patsy Palmer pay tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor after she passed away Thursday after battling Alzheimer's disease

Cordial: Adam and Jessie both shared sweet comments next to the picture they posted with Barbara

Cordial: Adam and Jessie both shared sweet comments next to the picture they posted with Barbara

Jessie Wallace, 49, who played Kat Slater, wrote, “My beloved Barbara. It's so broken to hear that you've left us. I love you. & # 39;

Adam Woodyatt, 52, whose character Ian Beale was once beaten by Peggy on the show, called it an honor and a privilege to have known Barbara in a cute Instagram post on Friday morning.

He shared a photo of them and wrote, “I did this when Dame Barbara was filming her final episodes of EastEnders in 2016.

Tragic news: Dame Barbara, known for her roles in EastEnders and the Carry On films, passed away on Thursday, her husband Scott Mitchell confirmed (pictured in 2015).

Tragic news: Dame Barbara, known for her roles in EastEnders and the Carry On films, passed away on Thursday, her husband Scott Mitchell confirmed (pictured in 2015).

Sad: A representative for Steve McFadden, who plays Dame Barbara's on-screen son Phil Mitchell, said he was "devastated" by her death while paying tribute to the beloved actress (pictured together at the 2007 NTAs).

Sad: A representative for Steve McFadden, who plays Dame Barbara's on-screen son Phil Mitchell, said he was "devastated" by her death while paying tribute to the beloved actress (pictured together at the 2007 NTAs).

“I grew up with Babs in the Carry On films and it was a privilege and an honor for me to work with her.

“I have so many wonderful memories and moments that I will always cherish, even if Peggy hit Ian with one blow. My thoughts are with her amazing husband Scott, her family and friends. Rest in peace, Barbara xxxx. & # 39;

A representative for Steve McFadden, who plays Dame Barbara's on-screen son Phil Mitchell, said he was "devastated" by her death as he paid tribute to the actress he loved.

Patsy Palmer, 48, who played Bianca Jackson, wrote in the comments: “So sad. Just thinking of all of us at the front desk when we were all sitting there !!! & # 39;

Greetings: Patsy Palmer, who played Bianca Jackson in the soap, shared these pictures, writing: "I sit here thinking of the hundreds of memories we have shared. Too many to understand. We've been like for a long time a family, ups and downs, but you will never meet a more professional actress than Babs

She continued, “I hope (her laughter) rings in my ears forever. She always took care of me and you too. I love you both very much. I'm burned out! & # 39;

Greetings: Patsy Palmer, who played Bianca Jackson in the soap, shared these pictures, writing: "I sit here thinking of the hundreds of memories we have shared. Too many to understand. We've been like for a long time a family, ups and downs, but you will never meet a more professional actress than Babs

"I'm so sad": Patsy praised her good friend for a long time when she said that she always took care of me.

She also shared some pictures of herself with Barbara and wrote: "I am very sad to hear that my friend" Lady "Babara Windsor has passed away.

“I sit here thinking about the hundreds of memories we've shared. Too many to understand. We've been like family for a long time, ups and downs, but you will never meet a more professional actress than Babs.

& # 39; @ scott.mitchell3 You were the best husband she could have asked for. You deserve the highest honor. We shared such magical times and I will cherish everyone.

Remembering her: Robert Kazinsky, 37, who plays Sean Slater, tweeted, “What a pleasure to have known and worked with her. Have her tell me to 'Gerrout mah pub' to have so many chats on rainy days. & # 39;

Remembering her: Robert Kazinsky, 37, who plays Sean Slater, tweeted, “What a pleasure to have known and worked with her. Have her tell me to 'Gerrout mah pub' to have so many chats on rainy days. & # 39;

“I can hear that laugh now when I sit down and think about her. I hope it rings in my ears forever. She always took care of me and you too. I love you both very much. I'm burned out! I could say so much, but I'm so sad. RIP BABS. & # 39;

Robert Kazinsky, 37, who plays Sean Slater, tweeted, “What a pleasure to know and work with her. So that she tell me to go to & # 39; Gerrout mah pub & # 39; to have so many chats on rainy days.

Barbara's husband Scott described the legend of EastEnders last weeks as "typical of her life" and "full of humor, drama and fighting spirit until the end".

Outside of EastEnders, David Walliams crowned the "national treasure" in a touching message, which is best known for his characteristic soap catchphrase "Get out of my pub!" Is known as the "Unofficial Queen of England".

The comedian, 49, wrote on Twitter: & # 39; Goodbye Dame Babs. You were my first love as a kid in the Carry On movies and I will love you forever.

“Working with you, hanging out with you and being your friend has been one of the greatest thrills of my life. The unofficial Queen of England, an icon cherished by the nation. & # 39; David & # 39; (sic)

"Queen of England": David Walliams has crowned the national treasure, which became famous in the carry-on films in the 1960s, as the "unofficial Queen of England" in a touching homage

“All my love is for Scott, who was a family friend before EE even had a wink. #RIPBabs what a life, what a woman. & # 39;

Jonathan Ross also raved about how Barbara, who became famous as the buxom blonde in the carry-on films of the 1960s, "was everything one hoped for."

The 60-year-old TV presenter wrote: “Barbara Windsor in real life was everything you hoped for. So warm, so funny, so nice. Good night sweetheart x #BarbaraWindsor & # 39;

Honors: Her EastEnders co-stars Robert Kazinsky, who plays Sean Slater, and Patsy Palmer, who appeared as Bianca Jackson, shared their devastation after the tragic news

Honors: Her EastEnders co-stars Robert Kazinsky, who plays Sean Slater, and Patsy Palmer, who appeared as Bianca Jackson, shared their devastation after the tragic news

And Tony Blackburn, 77, tweeted, “I'm so sorry to hear that Barbara Windsor died, a beautiful woman who was always so much fun. REST IN PEACE. Babs. & # 39;

48-year-old Ben Ofoedu, known as half of the pop duo Phats & Small, also paid tribute to the "true legend" when he wrote that he was "proud" to know Dame Barbara.

He said, “A national treasure has taken its place with the stars in the sky. A really lovely person who I am proud to say I knew and who I have had too much conversation with on many occasions. A true legend in the truest sense of the word R.I.P. Barbara Windsor & # 39;

Hordes of soap stars, including Hollyoaks & # 39; Nathalie Emmanuel and Anne Wallace, quickly flooded social media with heartfelt tributes to the EastEnders legend.

Game of Thrones star Nathalie, 31, wrote, “Oh wow … be really sad about the death of Barbara Windsor.

Dame Barbara as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders - along with her on-screen sons Grant Mitchell (played by Ross Kemp) and Phil Mitchell (played by Steve McFadden)

"Full of humor": Barbara's husband Scott, 57, described the EastEnders legend's final weeks as "typical of her life" and "full of humor, drama and fighting spirit to the end".

"What a legend": The gospel choir singer Jahméne Douglas paid tribute to Barbara for a long time and said he was glad that he could experience "her unforgettable giggle" in real life

"She was a legend … and the many" … "Allo Mum …" * Pans for Phil and / or Grant Mitchell * Duff Duff moments will always be the most iconic in my opinion. May she rest in peace. & # 39;

Meanwhile, Anne, who plays Sally St. Clair on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, released a touching message to the "legendary British actress".

The X Factor singing duo Jedward, Scottish television presenter Gillian McKeith and comedian David Baddiel were also among those who paid their respects to the national treasure.

Jahméne Douglas, singer of the gospel choir and runner-up of the X Factor 2012, also paid tribute to Barbara long ago when he said he was glad he got her unforgettable giggle in real life.

He wrote: & # 39; RIP Dame Barbara Windsor I'm so glad I got to personally experience your unforgettable giggles, your energy and your smile. Thank you so much for the words you shared with me, your kindness and your heart.

Rise to Fame: Barbara rose to fame as the buxom blonde in the Carry On Films, first featured in Carry On Spying in 1964. Her last film role came in 1974 in Carry On Dick

Rise to Fame: Barbara rose to fame as the buxom blonde in the Carry On Films, first featured in Carry On Spying in 1964. Her last film role came in 1974 in Carry On Dick

What a life, what a woman, what a legend. May that cheeky giggle continue in our hearts!

The household name was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014 before the news was released in 2018.

Barbara's husband Scott described the legend of EastEnders last weeks as "typical of her life" and "full of humor, drama and fighting spirit until the end".

He continued, “She died of Alzheimer's / dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.

Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, smiles and affection, for the many years of love, fun, friendship and glamor that she has brought into our whole life and for the entertainment, which she gave to so many thousands of others during her career.

Barbara's last few weeks were typical of her life. Full of humor, drama and fighting spirit until the end.

“It wasn't the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserved. I will always take great pride in Barbara's courage, dignity and generosity in dealing with her own illness and still trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as possible. & # 39;

Scott, who campaigned alongside his wife for increased government dementia care, added, “Dementia / Alzheimer's remains the number one killer in the UK.

“Although in difficult times, I urge the Prime Minister, his government and other parties to keep their previous promises and invest more in research and care related to dementia / Alzheimer's.

EastEnders: Dame Barbara made her debut as Peggy in 1994 and soon became one of the most popular small screen characters yelling at villain drinkers to get out of my pub!

EastEnders: Dame Barbara made her debut as Peggy in 1994 and soon became one of the most popular small screen characters yelling at villain drinkers to get out of my pub!

“Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and carers who are angels in the nursing home for your kindness and care for Barbara and me throughout their stay with you. You are my hero.

“And I would like to thank our family, friends, and everyone in the media and the public for all the good wishes and warm support that Barbara has received over the years during her illness. Barbara really appreciated that. & # 39;

At the end of his moving tribute, he said, “May you rest in peace now, my precious bar. I have lost my wife, best friend and soul mate, and my heart or life will never feel like this without you.

"I will make no further statements and I now need the time to lament this painful, personal loss."

Dame Barbara made her debut as Peggy in 1994 and soon became one of the most popular small screen characters when she yelled at rogue drinkers to get out of my pub!

It became a defining role in her career, staring alongside Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden as her fictional sons Grant and Phil, with the late Mike Reid as her on-screen husband, Frank Butcher.

The character left our screens in 2003 when Dame Barbara took a medical sabbatical after she was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Virus. In 2005 it returned as a regular series.

In 2009, Dame Barbara announced that she was leaving the soap to spend more time with her husband Scott, whom she married in 2000.

She returned for cameo appearances in the Soap over the next several years, but she played Peggy for the last time in 2016.

Her final scenes aired in May of this year when the Walford employee took her own life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Before Dame Barbara became synonymous with Albert Square, she wowed Carry On fans with her portrayals of a “Good Time Girl” who starred in nine films in a series known for her dogged humor.

She first appeared in Carry On Spying in 1964. She played her last film role in 1974 in Carry On Dick.

One of Dame Barbara's most famous scenes was the 1969 Carry On Camping when her bikini top flew off in the middle of an exercise class.

The actress was made a lady on the 2016 New Years Honor Roll for her contributions to charity and entertainment.

Both Dame Barbara and her husband worked to raise awareness about Alzheimer's after their diagnosis.

In August this year, Mitchell said his wife had been transferred to a nursing home in London.

Awareness: Both Dame Barbara and her husband worked to raise awareness about Alzheimer's after their diagnosis

Awareness: Both Dame Barbara and her husband worked to raise awareness about Alzheimer's after their diagnosis

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