Barbara Windsor, the Eastenders star who played Peggy Mitchell in the famous show, has been has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Her husband, Scott Mitchell, told The Sun: “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.
“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.”
“I hope speaking out will help other families dealing with loved ones who have this cruel disease. Secondly, I want the public to know because they are naturally very drawn to Barbara and she loves talking to them.”
What is the actress, who has had an astounding career, worth?
Barbara Windsor net worth: Husband Scott Mitchell’ reveals Eastenders legend’s battle with Alzheimer’s
Barbara Windsor net worth – how much is it?
According to Celebrity Net Worth the actress has a net worth of almost £10 million.
The website values her worth at £9.6m.
A hugely successful actress, she has been in 10 Carry On films.
She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 at the British Soap Awards in 2009, as well as Best Actress at the British Soap Awards in 1999.
She also won a Tony Award in 1965 for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
Barbara Windsor: Husband Scott Mitchell’ reveals Eastenders legend’s battle with Alzheimer’s
However, her portrayal of Peggy Mitchell is possibly what the actress is most famous for.
She played the role from 1994 to 2013.
Barbara was born in Shoreditch, London.
She has been married three times, to Ronnie Knight, Stephen Hollings and Scott Mitchell, who she wed in 2000.
She famously had a one night stand with Reggie Kray.
Barbara has no children and claimed she has never wanted them in her 2000 autobiography, All of Me.
Barbara Windsor: According to Celebrity Net Worth the actress has a net worth of almost £10 million
Barbara Windsor: Her portrayal of Peggy Mitchell is possibly what the actress is most famous for
She appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours.
What are the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia.
The condition affects about 850,000 people in the UK, according to the NHS.
It’s caused by certain parts of the brain shrinking. This reduces the effectiveness of the brain’s healthy neurons.
Alzheimer’s symptoms tend to get progressively worse over time.