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Barbara Windsor to quit EastEnders

Barbara Windsor is set to pull her last pint at the Queen Vic announcing that she will quit EastEnders next year after 15 years in Albert Square.

The former Carry On actress, who plays Peggy Mitchell, dropped the bombshell earlier today telling reporters: "'EastEnders' has been wonderful to me and it's no secret that it changed my life all of those years ago.

"I'll be so sad to leave Peggy behind, she's such a wonderful character to play. I have had the pleasure of working with a marvellous cast and crew and have made many lasting good friends."

Windsor continued: "I would like to thank the BBC for the incredible opportunity they gave me and above all, I must thank the wonderful viewers for their support over the years.

"I'm looking forward to the future and I suppose when all's said and done, I should spend a bit more time with my old man, as he's not getting any younger."

EastEnders producer Diederick Santer paid tribute to the 72-year-old actress: "Barbara has contributed so much to 'EastEnders' over the last 15 years, plus countless episodes, and countless amazing storylines.

"Peggy Mitchell is a truly iconic character, and along with Steve McFadden and Ross Kemp, Barbara has made the Mitchells the premier family of British soap.

"I so much enjoy working with her - catching up with the gossip, listening to her stories, talking about the show, benefiting from her advice, and most importantly revelling in her powerful, funny, passionate performances.

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