Barbara Windsor for EastEnders return?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 November 2014
Barbara Windsor

Barbara Windsor

Barbara Windsor has suggested that her character Peggy Mitchell may return to 'EastEnders' in 2015 to celebrate the show's 30th anniversary

Barbara Windsor is planning a return to 'EastEnders' for the show's 30th anniversary.

The iconic British actress is famed for playing Peggy Mitchell in the BBC One soap and hinted she and co-star Pam St. Clement - who starred as Pat Butcher - are both planning to return to Albert Square in 2015 to celebrate the show's birthday.

She told BANG Showbiz: "Yeah, of course! I'll be right in there, won't I! It'll be lovely to see everyone, and I spoke to Pam yesterday, Pam St. Clement, and she's going and we're going to do a little something."

The appearance will follow an episode in September when the star surprised viewers by reprising her role in the BBC soap in the lead up to her son Phil Mitchell's (Steve McFadden) ill-fated wedding to Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean).

Celebrating her career spanning seven decades, the 77-year-old actress was honoured for her contribution to the Arts yesterday (20.11.14) when she was presented with an honorary doctorate by the University of East London at a ceremony at indigo at The O2.

Speaking of receiving the qualification she said: "Oh I'm so nervous! Me! I so can't believe it.

"I keep thinking my mum's looking down on me going, 'Oh, see I knew you'd do well in the end, girl!'

"She was quite a snob, my mum, and she always wanted me to speak posh and couldn't bare the fact that I played all of these Cockney roles. But yeah I'm so very, very honoured."

The star - who was appointed an MBE in 2000 - was born in Shoreditch, London in 1937 and has picked up numerous gongs throughout her career including the Lifetime Achievement Award at The British Soap Awards in 2009. Most recently she has been working on the follow-up to the 2010 Tim Burton movie 'Alice in Wonderland' in which she voices Mallymkun the dormouse.

Continuing to speak of her achievement, she added: "I'm in a business I absolutely love, and I've been doing it since I was 12 or 13, and I've done it all. I know there's 'Carry On's and 'EastEnders', but there's an awful lot more, and I love the business."

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