EastEnders star Barbara Windsor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

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Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders

EastEnders star Barbara Windsor has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her husband has revealed.
Her husband Scott Mitchell says his 80-year-old wife has kept the devastating news secret since they were first told in 2014 – but that her symptoms have grown worse in recent weeks.
In an emotional interview with The Sun, Mr Mitchell said he wanted to set the record straight amid rumours in show business circles about her deteriorating health.
“Since her 80th birthday last August, a definite continual confusion has set in, so it’s becoming a lot more difficult for us to hide,” he said.
“I’m doing this because I want us to be able to go out and, if something isn’t quite right, it will be OK because people will now know that she has Alzheimer’s and will accept it for what it is.”

Windsor’s Peggy with her EastEnders on-screen son Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden

 
The star, famous for her roles in nine Carry On films and for playing pub landlord Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders, was given the heartbreaking diagnosis on April 22, 2014.
After shedding some tears, her first words were: “I’m so sorry”, Mr Mitchell added.
A small circle of friends who had begun to notice her occasional confusion were told shortly after the diagnosis, he said. But he stopped the news from going public after his wife struggled to come to terms with it.
He stressed that revealing the news any earlier would have been detrimental to her health.

Mr Mitchell told the paper he first noticed symptoms of the condition in 2009, just before Barbara left EastEnders for the first time, when she began finding it difficult to learn her lines.
She underwent a series of mental agility tests, a brain scan and a lumbar puncture, before the couple’s fears were confirmed.
By 2016, her forgetfulness and confusion were getting worse, and it was agreed she would leave EastEnders for the final time, Mr Mitchell said.
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