Dame Barbara Windsor is NOT returning to EastEnders

Peggy isn't going to be back on the BBC1 soap as a ghost

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EastEnders legend Barbara Windsor is NOT going to return to EastEnders, despite recent press reports that she was planning to make a comeback as a ghost.

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A friend close to the actress told RadioTimes.com today: “As much as Barbara loves EastEnders, she has no plans to return. The show will always be a huge part of her life but it will now only be off screen! The remark made about her reprising her role was clearly just a light-hearted comment!”

Windsor made her final appearance on the BBC1 soap back in May when Peggy took her own life in the face of a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Acclaimed scenes saw Windsor bow out in the company of former co-star Pam St Clement, who returned as a vision of Peggy’s old sparring partner Pat Evans.

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Earlier this week, Windsor – who turns 80 next year – was honoured for her outstanding contribution to television at this year’s TV Choice Awards.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain about how she became physically unwell after saying goodbye to the character of Peggy, Windsor said:  “Everything was wonderful, and I came home and that’s when I got not ill, but I suppose deep down it [Peggy] had [something to do with it] – rushing to the loo all the time, being sick.

“It’s over now but it affected me when I finished it. Thank God I had my lovely husband because you’re not used to seeing me like that. I didn’t feel too well for a little while afterwards but now I’m back.”

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.

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