Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

'EastEnders' actress Barbara Windsor diagnosed with Alzheimer's

'EastEnders' actress Barbara Windsor diagnosed with Alzheimer's

Barbara was diagnosed with the disease in April 2014, but her and husband of eight-years Scott, 55, are now choosing to speak out as the TV legend's symptoms have deteriorated in recent weeks.

Windsor, whose acting career spanned almost six decades and included several Carry On films and a long-standing role in EastEnders, was diagnosed in April 2014.

Meanwhile Barbara's close friend, fellow EastEnders co-star Pam St Clement, told Loose Women how she had known of her pal's battle since the outset.

He added that she has now retired from charity work, as well as acting.

'I don't want it to come across that she's sitting there unable to communicate, because she's not.

Scott admitted to the newspaper that his wife's disease had become more hard to hide since she turned 80 previous year.

'I hope by talking openly it will make it easier for others to talk about this awful disease. "I love both Barbara and Scott very much", he said.

'Rather than me living in fear she might get confused or upset, they'll know that if her behaviour seems unusual, it's due to Alzheimer's and accept it for what it is, ' he added.

"Alzheimer's is the most common disease behind dementia, accounting for around two thirds of cases of the condition in older people", he said.

But he added that despite Barbara is still enjoying her life, including going out for walks or dinner with friends. She loves going out and it's good for her - she comes alive.

Barbara Windsor made her stage debut aged 13, but it was her roles in the Carry On movies that made her a star.

Barbara was diagnosed with the degenerative condition after hours of mental agility tests, followed by a brain scan and lumbar puncture.

"Since her 80th birthday last August, a definite continual confusion has set in, so it's becoming a lot more hard for us to hide", he explained.

'Secondly, I want the public to know because they are naturally very drawn to Barbara and she loves talking to them.

Mitchell - who is a former actor and now manages other EastEnders stars, said that his wife of 18 years struggled with her diagnosis.

Scott explained that he was given Barbara's blessing to reveal her illness to the world, but if she soon forgets she did he would "have to deal with it".

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