24 November 2019 18:36
Beloved soap EastEnders is set to pay a touching tribute to one of its most memorable cast members, Dame Barbara Windsor - by naming Albert Square's newest arrival after her character. Peggy Mitchell's granddaughter Louise is pregnant with boyfriend Keanu's baby, and will name the newborn after her grandma, according to The Sun. The publication reports that Barbara has been told the news and is over the moon - her husband Scott Mitchell said: "She thought what a lovely thing it is Peggy Mitchell will live on in a family member. EastEnders will name their newest character after the legendary Peggy Mitchell Barbara's much-adored character Peggy said an emotional goodbye to the soap in 2016 after taking her own life while suffering with cancer. MORE: Barbara Windsor speaks about dementia diagnosis for first time in moving video Though Barbara isn't often in the public eye anymore, fans do get updates through her many close celebrity friends - most recently, Christopher Biggins and David Walliams have shared insights into how she's doing. It's very frustrating." However, he added that the former EastEnders actress was in great spirits, explaining: "Scott does everything, they have people come in and do her makeup and hair, she's in a very good place I think.
EastEnders is set to pay tribute to actress Barbara Windsor and her iconic Albert Square character Peggy Mitchell this Christmas, as a new arrival is named after her. Peggy's granddaughter Louise (Tilly Keeper), who is the daughter of Phil (Steve McFadden), is currently expecting a baby with her boyfriend Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters). And now, Louise and Keanu's baby daughter will be named Peggy when she is born. Barbara played Mitchell matriarch Peggy on and off since 1994, and became a firm fan favourite due to her exciting storylines and iconic "get outta my pub" catchphrase. According to The Sun, Barbara's husband Scott Mitchell has said that the actress – who has retired from acting following her diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease – was "quite emotional" when she found out about the tribute.
On hearing the news, Barbara's husband Scott Mitchell said that her face "lit up" at the touching tribute. "She thought what a lovely thing it is Peggy Mitchell will live on in a family member. Barbara decided to leave EastEnders following her Alzheimer's diagnosis. Last year, Scott broke the news to the public after the star kept her illness secret following her diagnosis in 2014. Louise Mitchell is going to have a girl named Peggy in EastEnders, it has been reported.
Legendary pub landlady Peggy's granddaughter Louise, played by Tilly Keeper, is pregnant with her boyfriend Keanu Taylor's baby. And on hearing the news that the newborn would be named Peggy, 82-year-old Barbara's face 'lit up', her husband Scott Mitchell, 56, has said. Nice touch: EastEnders bosses are to pay tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor by naming Albert Square's newest baby arrival after her character Peggy Mitchell (pictured in character in a throwback soap still) The actress' character left the soap for the last time in 2016 when she tragically passed away following a cancer diagnosis. The scene came after Barbara said she needed to 'shut the door' on playing Peggy after she was herself diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Scott said his wife was 'delighted' with the news that Peggy would live on in spirit. 'She thought what a lovely thing it is Peggy Mitchell will live on in a family member. Expecting: Legendary pub landlady Peggy's granddaughter Louise, played by Tilly Keeper, is pregnant with her boyfriend Keanu Taylor's baby (pictured with stepmother Sharon) Nice touch: And on hearing the news that the newborn would be named Peggy, 82-year-old Barbara's face 'lit up', her husband Scott Mitchell said (pictured in a throwback soap still) And it looks as though the drama of the Mitchell family will live on in Peggy junior – as the baby's father Keanu is secretly expecting a baby with Louise's stepmother Sharon. Moving: Peggy, who was the landlady of the Queen Vic, was loved for her 'get outta my pub' catchphrase (pictured on the soap in 2016) The news comes after Barbara's friend Christopher Biggins, 70, said she is 'hanging in there' with her Alzheimer's fight but would get 'too confused' to attend a big public event. At the centre: Peggy was the matriarch of the Mitchell family and was mother to warring brothers Phil and Grant Mitchell, as well as daughter Sam (pictured in character in 2016) But speaking to the Mirror, Christopher said the former Eastenders and Carry On actress would never be '100 per cent' because of her condition. He said the 'terrible disease' is awful for the star, who is looked after by her husband Scott Mitchell, 56.