June Brown has paid tribute to her former EastEnders co-star and soap legend Dame Barbara Windsor, following her death at the age of 83
EastEnders cast, past and present, have been paying their tributes to Barbara, with an EastEnders spokesperson saying: ‘We are all deeply saddened that we’ve lost our Dame. Barbara created an icon in Peggy Mitchell, our formidable Landlady.
‘To all of us at EastEnders, she was our dearest friend, truly loved and adored by everyone. Our thoughts go out to Scott and Barbara’s family.’
June, known for playing Dot Branning on the soap, recalled her time on the soap with Barbara.
She said in a statement: ‘I’m thinking of Babs as she was when she came in to EastEnders as Peggy Mitchell – tiny, bright, bubbly, pretty and friendly to everyone. She soon became loved by all the cast.
‘We became great friends. We had adjoining dressing room and she was always popping in for coffee, and we’d go to lunch together; she kept me up to date with all the gossip. I wished we’d had more scenes together but our only one was in her last episode, when Dot said goodbye to Peggy, knowing that she was dying.’
June said the pair talked regularly on the phone following Dame Barbara’s departure from the soap. She added: ‘In our last phone call she asked me several times where I was – I finally said “I’m at home” and her comment was “I’d like to come to your home”, but it was too late for that.
‘At this time, I’m thinking of her very loving husband Scott, who has created a legacy for her by training to run marathons in her name, owing to her great popularity, to raise an enormous amount of money in aid of the charity Dementia Revolution.
‘They had such a happy marriage; they were like two children, always laughing together. While I’m still here, she’ll always be alive in my mind.’
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