BBC EastEnders: Dame Barbara Windsor’s widow opens up about her ‘frightening’ Alzheimer’s battle


Dame Barbara Windsor’s late husband Scott Mitchell, 58, has opened up about the star’s battle with Alzheimer’s to mark World Alzheimer’s day.

In an interview with Channel 4’s daytime programme ‘Steph’s Packed Lunch’ on Tuesday (September 21), he spoke openly about the life he’d had with his wife after she’d been diagnosed with the condition in 2014.

“Barbara became a lot more withdrawn, for her, and then I realised that conversations were becoming repetitive so of course it’s an immensely confusing and frightening situation for the person living with it,” he said.

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“And of course, for the carer, the most painful thing to watch is that you’re powerless against this thing.”

The former EastEnders actress Barbara Windsor who played Peggy Mitchell died tragically late last year in on December 20th 2020.

Scott was married to Dame Barbara Windsor since 2000 up until her recent death.

Scott Mitchell with his beloved wife Dame Barbara Windsor

The pair first met in 1992 when one day he’d offered to pick her up and drive her to a dinner at their house as she was a friend of Scott’s parents.

He spoke about the many memorable years they had shared together saying, “I spent 27 years of my life with Barbara and I’m a very lucky man for that.”

“She was a very fun, kind, warm lady… Barbara may have only been four foot 10 and a half, but she was a force to be reckoned with.”

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Towards the end of the interview, he sent out a message to those who have a partner or know of someone close to them who have this disease, advising them to ‘look after themselves.”

“All I can say to you from sharing that experience is do look after yourself,” he said.

“The experience of living through this is something nobody should have to go through. This is affecting everyone now, it’s not going away, it’s why it’s so important we get behind it, talk about it and we find a cure.”

Scott is a supporter of Alzheimer’s Research UK and ran the London Marathon for the charity in 2019. It was there he met his friend Sue who has vascular dementia.

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4 and All 4

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