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Barbara Windsor: 'It would have been nice to have Peggy and Sam screen time'

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Barbara Windsor: 'It would have been nice to have Peggy and Sam screen time'

Barbara Windsor is upset she didn’t film any scenes during her EastEnders exit with Danniella Westbrook who plays onscreen daughter Sam.

The matriarch of the London-based soap played Queen Vic landlady Peggy Mitchell on and off for 22 years, finally bowing out earlier this month (May16) when Peggy succumbed to cancer.

For her send off her on-screen children Phil, played by Steve McFadden, Grant, played by Ross Kemp and Danniella’s Sam all returned. Troubled actress Danniella was disappointed not to film any scenes with her soap mum, and Barbara echoes her sentiments.

"I never thought, to be honest, that the three of us would ever do a scene together again, so when Ross agreed to return it was pure magic,” Barbara told Digital Spy. "I don't believe there is a stronger sight in soap history than the Mitchell brothers either side of Peggy. We are also close friends off set and I never see a day when we are not.

"There was never any mention of Peggy and Sam crossing paths. I sort of was (upset) because I thought it would be nice to do something together."

The 78-year-old Carry On star, who was made a Dame in the 2016 New Year Honours list, praises her co-star Steve, calling him a fine actor and a pleasure to work with.

There are a few other plot points Barbara wishes Peggy could have been involved with, but on the whole the actress is pleased with how she ended her time on EastEnders.

“There was very little I would have changed. Dom (Treadwell-Collins) the boss and the team gave me a superb exit,” she smiled.

"If we had more time, a few more scenes with characters like Kathy and maybe more with Sharon, Dot and Shirley. But Peggy was not in that frame of mind, as we saw."

- Cover Media