Barbara Windsor: Larry Lamb pays tribute to EastEnders co-star
Dame Barbara Windsor has sadly died after a battle with Alzheimers. The legendary actress has been praised by her co-stars and audiences alike for the indelible mark she has left on the industry after spending more than two decades on the BBC soap EastEnders.
The Peggy Mitchell actress has been applauded by executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins for her strict professional discipline.
The former storyline producer said Dame Barbara was known for “putting young and old actors in check”.
Dominic explained that the TV star always approached the soap as a fan.
In a new interview, he recalled a particular moment Dame Barbara confronted her co-star and pal June Brown (who played Dot Cotton).
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It comes after June had claimed the storylines were “s***” and Dame Barbara told the actress to apologise.
“Barbara was the best executive producer EastEnders never had,” Dominic remarked.
“She was so sharp, she knew the audience and kept actors young and old in check.
“Once, June Brown [Dot Cotton] shouted at us from her dressing-room window, ‘Your storylines are s***.’
“Barbara grabbed her, brought her upstairs and told her to apologise,” he added to Radio Times.
Dominic’s comments come after past and present executives spoke candidly about their memorable moments with Dame Barbara on-set.
The actress first joined the EastEnders cast in 1994 as Albert Square’s matriarch.
She exited the BBC soap in 2010 but returned for several episodes between 2013 and 2015.
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When her character Peggy Mitchell died of breast cancer in 2016, the actress’ on-screen son Ross Kemp (who played Grant Mitchell) returned to the show for her final scenes after 10 years away.
In 2018, Dame Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell announced that she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014.
Over the years, her condition began to deteriorate and she began to withdraw from public life.
Dame Barbara moved to a residential care home this summer.
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Scott issued a statement confirming the death of Dame Barbara earlier this month.
He said: “Barbara’s final weeks were typical of how she lived her life. Full of humour, drama, and a fighting spirit until the end.
“It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserves.”
You can read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times out now.
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