Barbara Windsor dies aged 83: Nathalie Emmanuel and more pay tribute

Dame Barbara Windsor’s celebrity friends have pair tribute to the star after her husband announced she had died aged 83.

The much-loved actress, who was best known for starring in the Carry On… films as well as playing Peggy Mitchell, the iconic landlady of the Queen Victoria pub on EastEnders, had been battling dementia.

Following the news of her death, many of her celebrity friends paid tribute to the star, including her on-screen son Steve McFadden – who played Phil Mitchell. Reps for the actor said he was ‘devastated’ at the news.

Daniella Westbrook, who played Dame Barbara’s on-screen daughter Sam Mitchell on EastEnders, tweeted: ‘My heart is broken .Bar you will always br in my heart forever. Good bye , I love you XXX RIP Barbara Windsor [sic].’

Nathalie Emmanuel wrote: ‘Oh wow… actually feel really sad about the passing of Barbara Windsor. She was a legend… and the many “… ‘Allo Mum…” pans to Phil and/or Grant Mitchell duff duff moments will always be the most iconic in my opinion. May she rest in peace. #RIPBarbaraWindsor #Babs’.

Gillian McKeith added: ‘So sad to hear the news about Barbara Windsor.   Beautiful, funny, kind, talented and loving.   You will be missed.  Thank you for the memories.’

Blue star Duncan James wrote: ‘So sad to hear about Barbara Windsor passing. She was truly a British icon and may she rest in peace.’

Love Island’s Amy Hart also took to Twitter to share her sadness, adding: ‘When I was an Eastenders obsessed 12 year old, Barbara Windsor was having dinner in the same hotel as we were at for a wedding. She was so so kind and had pictures with all of us kids (and Grandad Harry who still has his photo framed on the wall) a true legend x.’

Windsor, originally born Barbara Ann Deeks on August 6, 1937 in Shoreditch, London, began acting at the age of 13.

She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, going public with her diagnosis in 2018 when husband Scott Mitchell, 55, spoke about the previous four years on Good Morning Britain, revealing that Windsor had begun to forget who he was.

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