Barbara Windsor dreads end of EastEnders

Eastenders legend Barbara Windsor has told how she is dreading filming her final scenes as Queen Vic landlady Peggy Mitchell.

In her first interview since breaking the news of her departure, Barbara told The People: "It is going to be emotional on my last day. I go in July and it will be hard.

"I'll be so sad to leave Peggy behind. She's such a wonderful character to play. But at least I'm still being called an ageing sex symbol and a national treasure. I love that." The hit BBC1 soap marked its 25th anniversary last month with a live episode which revealed Stacey Slater as the killer of Barbara's on-screen husband Archie. But although Barbara has played the head of the Mitchell clan for 16 years, she says producers are still keeping her guessing whether unlucky-in-love Peggy will be killed off or ride into the sunset with a new fella

Barbara said: "We are a close-knit family on EastEnders but they have not told me how my character will be leaving.

"You know what soaps are like. They never tell you. So I guess you will have to wait and see. They ain't told me!" Party What is certain is that Barbara will have a traditional cockney knees-up on set to mark her farewell. She said: "You know me, I will have a big party."

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