The husband of Dame Barbara Windsors has revealed that the EastEnders star’s advancing Alzheimer’s means she does not always know who he is.
The soap legend, 82, who played Peggy Mitchell in the BBC soap, was diagnosed in 2014.
Hubby Scott Mitchell has confessed that it feels like a “body blow” when his wife fails to recognise him.
“Most of the time she knows me” Scott, 56, told Good Morning Britain viewers, which broadcast a festive message from the couple and the Alzheimer’s Society.
The Carry On star’s husband said there are times when “she can use look at me and say, ‘Do you know where my husband Scott is?”
He said: ““They’re really tough things. It doesn’t matter how used to it you get.
“Each time it happens it’s like a body blow.
“Then she realises it and then she’s a bit upset with herself that it has happened.
He continued: “They also sense that life is going on and they’re not a part of it like they used to be.
“She’s still got that lovely sense of fun within her. She still loves to sit there and giggle. I make her laugh, she makes me laugh.
“And Barbara takes great comfort knowing that… we have brought awareness and can help others going forward… a wonderful thing.”
The showbiz world and Babs’ fans were left deeply saddened when the TV favourite confirmed that she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease five years ago.
She has since remained hidden away from the limelight, but her pal Christopher Biggins has recently 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.
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.”