Barbara Windsor ‘asks where husband is’ reveals Scott Mitchell
Dame Barbara Windsor is best known for her role as Peggy Mitchell in the BBC One soap EastEnders. The Carry On actress was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s six years ago, and sadly died last week.
The TV legend’s husband, Scott Mitchell, has spoken candidly about his loss for the first time as he admitted he “can’t believe she’s not here”.
Barbara’s other half explained he was unsure that he would be able to cope with being on-air.
Scott made his first public appearance since her death at Good Morning Britain’s One Million Minutes Awards last night.
He presented an award named in Barbara’s honour to palliative carer Nassrat Bi, as he opened up about his grief.
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Scott said: “I can’t believe only a week ago she was still here and now she’s not.
“There’s the circle of life. I don’t think I can still believe it to be honest with you.”
He continued: “I want to tell you one other thing about your story, which gave me the courage today to do this video for you.
“That’s when I was first asked, I said I thought I would be too emotional, in too much of a state to be able to do it.”
Nassrat works with people who are dying and supports their loved ones, and Scott said Barbara’s carers were invaluable.
He also addressed his late wife’s final days after the actress was placed in a residential care home in July.
“I know what it takes, now, to sit next to someone at the end of life and just have comforting reassuring words coming from the carers,” Scott explained.
“To watch your loved one be comforted and be cared for and the relief that gives you and the support to the family, you will never know what it means to loved ones to be a part of that process and to be included and cared for as well as the person who is coming to the end of their life with the disease.”
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He finished: “So God bless and thank you and congratulations and please keep doing the work you do because without people like yourself Nassrat we would be very lonely and scared in our time of need.”
Nassrat said: “It’s a bittersweet moment. I would like to offer my condolences to Dame Barbara Windsor’s family and friends, who have lost a special one.
“Dame Barbara Windsor was an icon who worked tirelessly to highlight and bring forward awareness of dementia in the elderly.”
Scott announced in 2018 that Barbara had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Following her death, tributes flooded in for the legendary actress online, including by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
On Twitter, he wrote: “So sad about Barbara Windsor, so much more than a great pub landlady [and] Carry On star.
“She campaigned for the lonely and the vulnerable – and cheered the world up with her own British brand of harmless sauciness [and] innocent scandal.”
Her husband Scott described her as his “best friend and soulmate” as he reflected on his 20-year marriage with Barbara.
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