EastEnders pays tribute to iconic Barbara Windsor

The UK is mourning a legend this morning following the sad death of Barbara Windsor at the age of 83 and EastEnders has now shared a tribute to the icon who brought matriarch Peggy Mitchell to life.

One of the Queen Vic’s most infamous landladies of all time, she was known for her on/off feud with Pat, her stinging slaps and launching troublemakers out of the place with a scream of: ‘Get outta my pub!’

An EastEnders spokesperson shared: ‘We are all deeply saddened that that we’ve lost our Dame. From the moment Barbara stepped foot in Walford she created an icon in Peggy Mitchell, our formidable Landlady, who the audience instantly fell in love with but to all of us at EastEnders, she was our dearest friend who was truly loved and adored by everyone.

‘Our thoughts go out to Scott and Barbara’s family. Rest in peace Dame Barbara Windsor, MBE.’

Letitia Dean, who plays Sharon, said: ‘I would like to say what utterly heart-breaking news I woke up to this morning. They broke the mould when they made Dame Barbara Windsor, there will never be another like that incredible woman, everyone who met her loved her and she will be deeply missed.

‘I would like to send everything I have to her amazing husband Scott, what a beautiful soul he is. My heart goes out to him and I just wish I could give him the biggest cuddle he has ever had.  RIP dearest Barbara . You will be missed beyond measure.’

Steve McFadden (Phil) continued: ‘I truly loved Barbara and, like everyone, I am going to miss her terribly. When anyone ever asked what she was like, I would always say she was everything you would hope she would be, and more.’

Diane Parish, aka Denise, said: ‘Our dearest friend and colleague has passed and left a hole, not only on our screens, but in our nation that cannot be filled. I will remember her kindness and of course laughter.

‘She made the special effort to spend time and say something meaningful to each and every person the last time we saw her at work. So sorry for her loss for you Scott. Little lady, Big presence. Sleep in peace Bar.’

Adam Woodyatt (Ian) added: ‘I grew up watching ‘Babs’ in the Carry on films and for me to then work with her was a privilege and honour. I have so many happy memories and moments that I will always cherish, even when Peggy floored Ian with a punch. My thoughts are with her amazing husband Scott, her family and friends. Rest in Peace Barbara.’

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