Barbara Windsor: EastEnders star makes heartfelt admission to colleague ‘Life is merciless’ | Movie star Information | Showbiz & TV
Lin Blakley, 70, who played Pam Coker in EastEnders, has addressed her time on the BBC soap alongside Dame Barbara Windsor, 81, – who is best known for her role as Peggy Mitchell. The soap star has spilled on a moment the pair shared together before the two exited the show in 2016. Lin described Dame Barbara as a “genuinely, gorgeous human” but admitted the pair did not know each other that well when they met on the set . Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, she explained: “Barbara and I met – because she was coming back [to EastEnders] – to do those last few episodes before Peggy Mitchell passed away [in 2016].
“I was on a night shoot on my own in the green room. And Barbara was also on a night shoot doing her lines.
“So we sat and talked and she asked me, ‘I have seen you, haven’t I?’
“And I replied ‘Oh Barbara, you wouldn’t remember me?’”
Lin revealed the pair had previously met at Pinewood Studios when Dame Barbara appeared in the Carry On films in the 1970s.
The small screen star also divulged they had shared a table together at Elton John’s 50th birthday bash in 1997.
Lin said: “So when she said I recognize you – her memory was still there then. She is such a dear, dear lady. Life is cruel sometimes.
“Apparently she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at this point. We didn’t have a scene together but just that moment.”
She added: “It was a lovely moment to know Barbara more than Peggy. Just a genuinely, lovely lady.”
Lin also gushed over the Carry On actresses’ husband Scott Mitchell who she revealed as an “equally lovely person”.
She divulged: “After that night shoot, I think it was the next night, they threw a huge party for Barbara to say goodbye.
“And her husband is equally a lovely person. You can tell that they have such a huge love and bond between them. Which is lovely to see in this day and age and the business they’re in.”
Dame Barbara went public with her Alzheimer’s disease battle last year, but she had actually been diagnosed four years before that.
The symptoms of Alzheimer’s varies but is mainly associated with memory loss and the ongoing decline of brain functioning, according to the NHS website.
The disease mainly affects people over 65 but there are instances where the signs can develop earlier.
Meanwhile, Lin who made her debut in EastEnders in 2014, has spilled she may be making a return to the soap.
She said: “I love going back. I’m going back soon. Just for a couple of episodes and I love it. I love popping back.”
EastEnders airs tonight on BBC One at 7.30pm.