Barbara Windsor 'sick with nerves' for EastEnders return

Barbara Windsor was "sick with nerves" for her one-off return to 'EastEnders' because she felt like the "new girl" again

Peggy and Phil Mitchell

Peggy and Phil Mitchell

Barbara Windsor was "sick with nerves" on her return to 'EastEnders'.

The 76-year-old actress has reprised her role as Queen Vic landlady Peggy Mitchell three years after she left the show when her alter-ego's pub burned down, but she was terrified about going back on set because she felt like the "new girl" again.

She told The Sun newspaper: "Going back was exactly the same as I had felt 19 years ago ... I felt sick with nerves. I was the new girl again.

"I was nervous, excited, and after a few hiccups at the start I began to really enjoy it."

Despite her concerns, the actress was grateful for the positive reception she received from her former co-stars.

She explained: "I was absolutely overwhelmed to see all those familiar, friendly faces again.

"Fortunately I was surrounded by some of my favourites. I didn't need to tell them how nervous I was, as they know how hard I am on myself.

"I could not have asked for a kinder and more supportive reception. It was a bit of a 'love-in'."

Peggy returns to Albert Square to see her son Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) in hospital after a terrible car accident, and Barbara admits being back in Walford has tempted her to return to the show permanently.

She added: "Of course it has tempted me but who knows what the future holds? To be a part of such a great British institution is an honour."


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