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Steve McFadden as Phil Barbara Windsor as Peggy

Steve McFadden as Phil Barbara Windsor as Peggy

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Steve McFadden as Phil Barbara Windsor as Peggy

Barbara Windsor's former EastEnders co-stars have paid tribute to the "larger than life" actress following her death aged 83.

The much-loved star, who suffered from dementia, died on Thursday evening.

She was best known for the Carry On films and for her role as Queen Vic landlady Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders.

The soap said in a statement: "We are all deeply saddened 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".

Steve McFadden, who plays Barbara's on-screen son Phil Mitchell, said: "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," he said.

Letitia Dean, who stars as Sharon Mitchell, said the actress "will be missed beyond measure".

Incredible

"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," she said.

Shane Richie, who played Alfie Moon in Walford, said: "I'm absolutely devastated as Barbara was a friend as well as my TV boss in the Queen Vic.

"We shared many a story in between filming - to amazement of situations (we found ourselves in) to laughter."

Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, said: "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."

Larry Lamb, who played Peggy's love interest Archie Mitchell, recalled the first time the pair met on the set of the BBC soap.

"She was larger than life. She was the head girl at EastEnders, she was the one everybody respected and she liked everything to run smoothly," he said.

"She was just an old-school actress.

"Barbara knew how to keep everybody together and make it a team, she was really special."


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