Barbara Windsor’s on-screen son Steve McFadden ‘devastated’ by death as he leads tributes

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EastEnders star Steve McFadden has led the tributes to Dame Barbara Windsor following her death yesterday at the age of 83. The actor played her on-screen son Phil Mitchell in the BBC soap opera.

A representative for Steve said he was “devastated” by her death.

Actress Danniella Westbrook, who played Sam – the daughter of Barbara’s character Peggy Mitchell – also spoke of her heartbreak.

She tweeted: “MY HEART IS BROKEN. Bar you will always be in my heart forever. Good bye, I LOVE YOU XXX RIP Barbara WINDSOR.”

Other EastEnders stars also took to social media to pay tribute to the legendary star.

Patsy Palmer, best known for playing Bianca Jackson in the soap, shared a picture of the pair on Instagram as she reminisced about the star.

“I’m extremely sad to hear that my friend ‘Dame’ Barbara Windsor has passed away. I’m sitting here thinking of the 100’s of memories we shared.

“Too many to comprehend. We were like family for a long time, ups downs, ins and outs but you will never meet a more professional actress than Babs.”

Praising Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell, she added: “@scott.mitchell3 You were the best husband she could’ve wished for. You deserve the highest accolade.

Her post continued: “We shared such magical times together and I’ll cherish every one. I can hear that laugh now as I sit and think about her. I hope it’ll ring in my ears forever.

“She always looked out for me and so did you. Love you both very much. I’m gutted! I could say so much but I’m so sad. RIP BABS.”

Former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite, who portrayed Mel Owens on the programme, also paid tribute to the “icon”.

“Meant to be sleeping but can’t…. RIP Barbara Windsor… #legend #icon #nationaltreasure #friend #heroine.

“All I can hear is “Ello darlin” #ripbarbara.”

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Barbara joined the cast of EastEnders in 1994, after finding fame in the Carry On movies.

As the landlady of the Queen Vic, she was best known for the catchphrase “Get outta my pub,” as she kicked people out of the establishment.

She left the show in 2016 and was made a Dame in the Queen’s New Year Honours list the same year for services to charity and entertainment.

Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell, 57, confirmed the news of her death yesterday in a statement to PA news agency.

He said: “It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that my darling wife Barbara passed away at 8.35pm on Thursday 10 December at a London care home.

“Her passing was from Alzheimer’s/Dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.

“Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, a smile and affection for the many years of her love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives and the entertainment she gave to so many thousands of others during her career.”

Scott added: “Barbara’s final weeks were typical of how she lived her life. Full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end.”

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