Dame Barbara Windsor’s final ever EastEnders’ scenes that left viewers weeping
Dame Barbara Windsor's final EastEnders' scene left viewers weeping when she left the show.
Tributes have poured in for the actress who tragically died after a long battle with Alzheimer's aged 83.
Her last scene in the popular soap opera EastEnders had a huge impact on fans as she stepped down from her role as Peggy Mitchell.
In 2016 she left the show and eight million fans tuned in to bid her farewell.
Her character Peggy Mitchell was seen apparently taking an overdose of pills, leaving fans weeping.
Peggy had been diagnosed with cancer and in her final moments of the drama, she was speaking to a ghost of old friend Pat Butcher, who died in the soap in 2012.
In the heartbreaking scene she said: "I will go as I have lived, straight back, head high, like a queen."
The scene then showed an empty bottle of pills and a letter written to her on-screen son, Phil Mitchell.
Anna Karen, who plays Peggy's sister Aunt Sal in the show, spoke to BBC Radio 4's Today programme and said the storyline was "a very moving and a lovely tribute to Barbara".
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The 83-year-old actress had taken a break from the role in 2003 until 2005, and then left again in 2009 – however returned in 2016 when her character was killed off later in the year.
At the time Dame Barbara Windsor had said: "Peggy is a character close to my heart but I made the decision a while ago that I need to say goodbye to her once and for all, as otherwise she will always be there, urging me to go back, and that is something I need to shut the door on," reports BBC.
The iconic actress' death has left fans and former co-stars devastated.
Tributes have poured in from previous celebrities she has worked with and others who enjoyed her iconic performances.
Barbara Windsor's on-screen son Steve McFadden 'devastated' at death as tributes pour in
A representative for actor Steve McFadden, who plays Dame Barbara's on-screen son Phil Mitchell, told PA he was "devastated" by her death.
Eastenders actress Daniella Westbrook who played Dame Barbara's onscreen daughter led the tributes and tweeted: "Today we lost a legend a national treasure and a woman who I looked up too for most off my life.
"A generous warm funny humble and beautiful lady & someone who gave us all much joy watching her act.
"A woman who I was lucky enough to work with for many years as my mum & a loyal friend.
"The brightest off all stars will now shine above us instead off among us. Sending my love to Scott at this sad time. My heart is heavy broken in two . Bar I love you. Rest In Peace my queen . Goodnight and God bless you."
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