EastEnders star Barbara Windsor – I’m happy that Danny Dyer has got the Queen Vic

The actress also says that she's "disappointed" Ross Kemp won't be returning for the 30th anniversary

EastEnders icon Barbara Windsor has praised current Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter ahead of her reappearance on the BBC1 soap this week.

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Speaking about the characterisation of family man Mick, Windsor said: “What they’ve done is they’ve created this character that reminds me of my granddad or my uncle. He’s old school. He loves his wife. He treats her like every woman wants to be treated.

“You get women saying, ‘If only I was married to Mick Carter’. I’m happy that he’s got the Vic.”

The 77-year-old Walford legend is due to make a one-episode comeback as Peggy Mitchell on Tuesday as part of EastEnders’s 30th anniversary celebrations. But she admitted that she experienced nerves in anticipation of filming with current show star Danny Dyer:

“I was as nervous as Danny was filming the scene. We were both already famous when we joined EastEnders so we had a lot in common. I think it’s easier if you’re unknown coming into a show like this. We got on extremely well because of that,” Windsor said in an interview with the Star on Sunday.

While fans will be pleased that Peggy will be back in her beloved Queen Vic for the first time since 2010, there may be disappointment that Ross Kemp will not be appearing alongside her as Grant for a Mitchell reunion. “That Ross is a cheeky bugger. He’ll say to me over dinner ‘Yeah, I’m coming back’ and then he doesn’t. I actually thought he would come back this time.

“Of course I’m a little disappointed there won’t be one last scene with Peggy and her boys. It would’ve been good but a lot of other stuff is happening on the show.”

EastEnders is set to mark its 30th birthday by solving the mystery surrounding the murder of Lucy Beale. Live scenes will feature throughout the coming week (including a fully live episode on Friday), while a flashback episode will trace Lucy’s final movements on the night of her death.

Past stars including Jo Joyner, John Partridge, Jamie Lomas and Tanya Franks are all set to appear, while Barbara Windsor herself has revealed that she will feature in a live scene during Tuesday’s episode.

“Luckily, I’ve only got one live scene on Tuesday, but it’s so different to doing theatre. There are cameras, there’s cables and there’s microphones. I’ve already been told to be careful because there’s a cable and this big thing above me,” said the actress.

Speaking recently to Radio Times about his fears for the live episodes, executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins admitted: “Doing it live means we can keep all our secrets. It’s terrifying, though. All I can do now is hand the work over to actors I trust.”

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