Dame Barbara Windsor was remembered fondly by her EastEnders on-screen husband Larry Lamb in the wake of news of her death.
The Peggy Mitchell actress died on Thursday after a long-held battle with Alzheimer’s disease, and has been remembered as a true British legend.
Larry, who played Peggy’s evil husband Archie on the series from 2008 to 2009, has now commemorated his time on the show with the actress, and remembered her vital role within Albert Square.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he said: ‘She was like a head girl, you know, that was it. She was something special in life, and particularly in Albert Square.’
‘She was absolutely real,’ he continued. ‘When she was talking to us, there was no sense that this was some sort of special person talking to you.
‘She had a way of being able to conduct herself and relate to people that just came exactly from where she’d grown up and the way she was.
‘She was her. She was Barbara.’
Larry also sent his wishes to Dame Barbara’s husband Scott, who he commended for ‘worshipping her and standing by her’ when she needed it most.
‘He was the man of their dreams, really,’ Larry said. ‘Absolutely trustworthy and reliable, and a delightful, delightful guy to be around. And that’s what she saw. That’s what she needed.’
Scott broke the news of her death late on Tuesday evening, and said: ”Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, a smile and affection for the many years of her love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives and the entertainment she gave to so many thousands of others during her career.’
He continued: ‘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 deserve. I will always be immensely proud of Barbara’s courage, dignity and generosity dealing with her own illness and still trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as she could.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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