Barbara Windsor's ‘spirit still there’ after Alzheimer's diagnosis

Larry Lamb has opened up about Dame Barbara Windsor’s Alzheimer’s battle, revealing her iconic spirit is ‘still there’.

The EastEnders legend, 82, was diagnosed with the condition – which affects brain cells and memory – in 2014.

The Peggy Mitchell actress stepped out of the public eye to focus on her health.

And Larry, who starred as her on-screen husband on the BBC soap, revealed there are moments where she is ‘far away’.

Opening up about her health, he said: ‘I met her husband Scott [Mitchell] a few months ago at a do and he said she is alright and a lot of the time she is chatty, but she has moments where she is far away.

‘Her spirit is still there though, dear old Babs.’

‘She is certainly very loved and it was one of the big moments of my career getting to play opposite her,’ the Gavin and Stacey star added to OK! Magazine.

Dame Barbara’s husband Scott opened up about her illness for the first time in 2018, and explained her symptoms have been growing ‘steadily worse’.

In a recent interview, he explained she sometimes struggles to recognise him.

And close pal Christopher Biggins recently explained the soap star is getting very confused over the current lockdown measures – as her friends have stopped visiting her.

Chatting to the Sun, he admitted she is finding it hard to understand why those closest to her are no longer around.

‘She’s used to having a lot of visitors but now she’s asking why people have stopped coming to see her,’ he said. 

‘It’s not because she thinks “they don’t like me” because her husband Scott explains to her but she just forgets the explanation and she asks all the time.’

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