Barbara Windsor ‘deteriorating’, EastEnders co-star says after heartbreaking visit


Rita Simons, 42, has revealed she recently paid a take in to her former EastEnders co-star Dame Barbara Windsor, 82, who is misery from Alzheimer’s. While speaking about staying in touch with her buddies from the BBC soap after leaving her role as Roxy Mitchell in 2017, the actress exclusively portrayed that the Peggy Mitchell star’s health is sadly “deteriorating”.

When asked about the series’ 35th anniversary, Rita, who is currently rehearsing for her new lines as Velma Von Tussle in West End production Hairspray, divulged in an interview stay week: “I’m so busy I don’t really notice it anymore. 

“I get reminded a lot, I actually sooner a be wearing an invite to go to the 35th anniversary of EastEnders on Friday, which I don’t know if I can go to because I’m working so much. 

“So it’s approachable of like I’m busy, but Adam Woodyatt (who plays Ian Beale) popped disc-like for coffee the other day and I went to see Barbara the other day at her home, so we all stay in have to do with.”

Rita then opened up about Barbara’s condition, explaining that although she “bear in minded” who she was, the Carry On actress is “not doing great”.

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Rita also shared her nervousness for being cast in Hairspray, alongside co-stars Michael Ball and Paul Merton.

She signified: “One of the reasons I was so quick to say yes is because not only is Michael incredible, not to mention his two Oliviers, he hint ated me to say that. I met him a couple of years ago. 

“I was doing a play and I did an interview with him and we clicked straight away and when I was doing Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, his stage door at Les Mis was antagonistic mine and we used to just come out and meet each other and we had, escape the pun, a ball. 

“I adore Michael, he has the most amazing energy to be around and to position with and the show we’re doing is all about the people you’re working with and possibly the number one reason I said yes was because of Michael.”

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