One of the most loved characters in the history of EastEnders will say her final goodbyes once and for all in late spring this year.
In last nights show, fans got a shock not only to see Peggy back on screen, but to learn that she has been diagnosed with cancer, again after it had returned.
Discussing her exit, Windsor said: “Everyone knows I love EastEnders and that will never change.
“Peggy is a character close to my heart but I made the decision a while ago that I need to say goodbye to Peggy once and for all as otherwise she will always be there, urging me to go back and that is something I need to shut the door on.
“After thinking long and hard about it, I realised that it is time for me and the audience to say our final farewells to the lady who I have loved for many years and I thought that whilst the guvnor, who I adore, is still in charge I want him to be the one to oversee it.”
Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: “Barbara is the real guvnor of EastEnders.
“So when she told me her decision back in the summer, we both had a little cry before getting excited about how Peggy Mitchell, the matriarch to end all matriarchs could bid her final farewell to Albert Square.
“In Peggy Mitchell, Barbara has created one of the greatest ever characters on British television, someone who has become as synonymous with EastEnders as The Queen Vic itself.
“So this is the end of an EastEnders era. But it is also an opportunity to send Peggy Mitchell out in style in what will be one of the most heartbreaking, uplifting and epic exits an EastEnders character has ever had.”
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