Dame Barbara Windsor has Alzheimer's

Danny Woods
May 13, 2018

Her husband, Scott, 55, has now detailed her condition which he has revealed was diagnosed in 2014.

Windsor, whose acting career spanned almost six decades and included several Carry On films and a long-standing role in EastEnders, was diagnosed in April 2014. Whenever they went out, the public were like moths to a flame with Barbara and she loves them. Her final scenes aired in May 2016.

EastEnders and Carry On actress Dame Barbara Windsor has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, her husband has revealed.

The couple agreed that it was a good idea to kill off her character.

He explained that then EastEnders boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins had been reluctant to kill off the character of Peggy when Barbara explained her plans to quit.

"I hope that doesn't sound unusual but when you know something is wrong and you've been looking into it and wondering and wondering 'why are they behaving like this?'. when we got that diagnosis as a family, there was an element of relief, [of] 'oh, that's why.' Then we understood it".

"I think this needed to be said, it needed to be out in the open", she said.

"My mum was very much like that with my dad, and it actually took my sister and I to persuade her to tell people in the village where they lived".

"Shame on you for reporting on this like she's died".

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Two months earlier, Barbara was awarded a Damehood for her services to showbusiness and charity after an acting career that has spanned nearly 60 years.

'I can't protect her any longer.

Following her exit, Barbara received a Damehood for her services in show business and charity.

After shedding some tears, her first words were: "I'm so sorry", Mr Mitchell added.

Television presenter Lorraine Kelly extended her sympathy, tweeting: 'Such sad news about Barbara Windsor - a amusing, kind, generous, big hearted woman'.

The couple have kept the diagnosis a secret until now, but Mr Mitchell said it's becoming more hard to keep under wraps as her condition has deteriorated further since his wife's 80th birthday in August past year. Maybe it happened like it happens to many of us'.

Scott admitted to the newspaper that his wife's disease had become more hard to hide since she turned 80 a year ago.

"Stigma around dementia still exists, and many people are facing it in the shadows".

Mr Parry said there are more than 850,000 people in the United Kingdom living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. "I want to tell people in a controlled way".

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