EastEnders star Ross Kemp praises ‘brave’ on-screen mum Barbara Windsor

Ross Kemp has heaped praise on his EastEnders mum Barbara Windsor.

The actor and documentary maker, who played Grant Mitchel in the BBC soap, says he spoke to the actress earlier this week.

Ross says 80-year-old Barbara, who played his mum Peggy Mitchell, is in "good spirits" following her Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis as he praised her for getting people talking.

Speaking to Mirror Online at the DIVA Magazine Awards at London’s Waldorf Hilton Hotel, he said: "I spoke to Barbara on the phone this week. She’s in good spirits. I think it was a brave decision to reveal her Alzheimer’s diagnosis. It gets people talking and raises awareness so that’s a good thing."


Dame Barbara, also famous for her roles in the Carry On films, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014.

But her diagnosis was only recently revealed by husband Scott Mitchell, 55, who decided to speak out before her memory got any worse or rumours began to spread.

Heartbroken Scott has said that his wife’s condition has worsened to the point that she sometimes forgets they’re married.

Scott, who has been with Barbara for 25 years, said: "She suddenly has no ­recollection of our history.

"She’ll look at her wedding ring and say, ‘Are we married?’ But that’s the thing about this cruel disease, isn’t it?"



Scott, 55, explained that daily medication had kept some symptoms at bay, but after a deterioration in recent weeks, Scott felt the need to speak out and make her condition public.

Full list of winners from the DIVA Magazine Awards:

Outnews Global Journalist of the Year 2018

Winner: Emily Reynolds

Radio Diva Politician of the Year 2018

Winner: Hannah Bardell MP

Barclays Diversity Champion of the Year 2018

Winner: Francesca Harris

Jackdaw Media Author of the Year 2018

Winner: Kiki Archer

Royal Navy Sports Personality of the Year 2018

Winner: Nicola Adams

PWC Business Leader of the Year 2018

Winner:Dawn Airey

The Centre For Reproductive & Genetic Health Ally of the Year 2018

Winner: Dawn Butler MP

Milli-on-air Rising Star of the Year 2018

Winner: Charlie Craggs

My G Work LGBT Network Group of the Year 2018

Winner: Barclays – Spectrum Network

Bloom & Cadogan Activist of the Year 2018

Winner: Dr Elly Barnes MBE

Lesbian Box Office Inspirational Role Model of the Year 2018

Winner: Sophie Ward

P&G Community Champion of the Year 2018

Winner: Sally Edwards

Heathrow Entertainment Personality of the Year 2018

Winner: Heather Peace

Brand of the Year 2018

Winner: Tesco

Pride In London LGBT Series/Storyline of the Year 2018

Winner: Holby City

DIVA Music Festival Musician of the Year 2018

Winner: Lucy Spraggan

UK Black Pride Online Influencer of the Year 2018

Winner: Rose & Rosie

Emerald Waterways Broadcaster/Presenter of the Year 2018

Winner: Sandi Toksvig

DIVA Choice Award 2018

Winner: Jacquie Lawrence

DIVA Hall of Fame 2018

Winner: Horse McDonald

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