EastEnders’ Barbara Windsor ‘can’t leave house anymore’ amid Alzheimer battle

Barbara Windsor is one of those legends where even if you've never watched EastEnders or her other endeavours, you've probably heard her name.

The showbiz world and Babs's fans were left deeply saddened when the now 82-year-old confirmed in 2014 that she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

She has since remained hidden away from the limelight, but her pal Christopher Biggins has now revealed the star is "too confused" to leave her home to attend events or see friends.

Her good friend, who is best known for his role as Lukewarm in the BBC sitcom Porridge, also insisted Dame Barbara should be remembered for her acting and not for her dementia battle.

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Christopher told The Mirror Online: "I don’t want the legacy of the disease to overshadow the legacy of her career.

"We must always remember Barbara in that field in Carry On Camping with her bra coming off. That’s how Barbara would prefer to be remembered."

The former EastEnders actress, who played Peggy Mitchell, is currently being cared for at home by her husband Scott Mitchell.

Christopher, 70, continued to inform the publication that she is "hanging in there" but will "never be 100%".

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He said: "Barbara is never going to be 100%. It is a terrible disease and is awful for her and everyone involved.

"She is still able to get out and about sometimes but I don’t think she would be able to go to a big event anymore.

"It would be too much for her. She’d get too confused.

"She gets upset when she is confused and doesn’t quite know what’s going on."

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Christopher also spoke of how he saw Barbara about a week ago and she still recognised her old friend.

He said: "I saw her about a week ago at home. She has always recognised me and she still knows who I am.

"But I don’t want people to end up just remembering Barbara for the disease. She is doing so much good.

"She has done so much in her life and had a fantastic career. I don’t want people to forget that – that is the heartbreaking thing for me."

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