Barbara Windsor Has 'Had A Real Dip' In Battle With Alzheimer’s, Says Ex-'EastEnders' Co-Star

Barbara Windsor has been through “a real dip lately” amid her battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to one of her former ‘EastEnders’ co-stars. 

Rita Simons, who played Barbara’s on-screen niece Roxy Mitchell, spoke of her devastation at seeing the screen legend’s deterioration. 

Barbara Windsor (Photo: PA Wire/PA Images)

Speaking to the Daily Star, she said: “From what her husband Scott Mitchell said to me, she has had a real dip lately.

“What I have seen is more confusion, which is really devastating to watch because she always had her marbles together and was always the life and soul of the room.

“It is an incredibly sad thought that my Aunty Peggy, which is what I’ve always called Barbara, isn’t herself.”

Rita added: “From what Scott says there are some dark days but they still have good days, too.”

Rita Simons (Photo: Mike Marsland via Getty Images)

Barbara’s husband Scott revealed her Alzheimer’s diagnosis last month, admitting she had actually been living with the disease since 2014. 

After the news went public, the Peggy Mitchell actress vowed to “carry on” in a recorded message played on ‘Loose Women’. 

Her close friend Christopher Biggins also said she had been feeling “pretty low” about her deteriorating health, claiming that she was down about her declining short-term memory.

Barbara was visited by her on-screen son Ross Kemp earlier this week, who praised her braveness. 

Speaking on ‘Good Morning Britain’, he said: “Put it this way, I went round for a cup of tea and I was there for three-and-a-half hours.

“I think what she’s done is very brave, she has a great husband in Scott [Mitchell], he’s been very supportive.

“Honestly, I had five cups of tea, three shortbread biscuits - which is not good for my diet - and I laughed a lot.

“She’s got that great ability, when you walk through the door, she’s ‘on’.”

He added: “It was like seeing my second mum.”

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An early headshot of Barbara taken in the 1950s.

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In a production of 'Fings Ain't What They Used To Be' at Garrick Theatre, London in 1960.

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'Carry On Spying' (1964)

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Performing on TV show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' in the 1960s.

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On 'The Des O'Connor Show' in 1966.

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'Carry On Henry' (1967)

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'Carry On Doctor' (1967)

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'Carry On Doctor' (1967)

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'Carry On Camping' (1969)

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'Carry On Again Doctor' (1967)

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'Carry On Again Doctor' (1967)

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On stage in 'The Boy Friend' (1971)

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'Carry On Matron' (1972)

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'Carry on Abroad' (1972)

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'Carry On Matron' (1972)

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'Carry On Dick' (1974)

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With Danny La Rue on 'Come Spy With Me' in 1977.

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With Pauline Quirke in 'Both Ends Meet' in 1980.

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With Russell Grant on 'Family Fortunes' in 1990.

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In panto in 1994.

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With 'EastEnders' co-star Ross Kemp in 1996.

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Launching her first solo album in 1999.

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Being turned into a waxwork at Madam Tussauds in 2000.

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Receiving her MBE at Buckingham Palace in 2000.

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Showing the Queen around the 'EastEnders' set in 2001.

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