EastEnders fans were shown a tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor in Friday’s episode, following the legendary actress’s death.
It was confirmed overnight that Dame Barbara had died aged 83, following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease since 2014.
Following Friday’s episode, a black screen appeared after the credits, which wrote: ‘In loving memory of Dame Barbara Windsor, 1937-2020.’
Dame Barbara had been iconic for her portrayal of Peggy Mitchell, the formidable landlady of the Queen Victoria pub.
The much-loved star had joined EastEnders in 1994, remaining a staple character until her final episode was aired in 2016, when her character was killed off.
Dame Barbara had decided to leave the show due to her worsening health, asking for her character to die on the show, otherwise the temptation to return to playing Peggy would always remain.
Many of her past co-stars from the BBC One soap paid tribute after her husband, Scott Mitchell, confirmed the news of her death.
An EastEnders spokesperson had also said: ‘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.’
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