Babs wept over leaving news ban
Barbara Windsor tells how she was banned from telling her co-stars she was leaving EastEnders.
Barbara Windsor has slammed BBC chiefs for making her feel dishonest after she was banned from telling her EastEnders co-stars she was leaving.
The 73-year-old, whose last scenes as Peggy Mitchell were shown on Friday, was often in tears at the ruling.
She said: "After I’d handed in my notice I went through enormous stress as I wasn’t allowed to tell my friends.
"I just wanted it out there. It was a huge weight to carry and I’d come home crying as I just felt so dishonest.
"It was hard, especially when it came to people like Steve McFadden, June Brown, Pam St Clement, Sam Womack, Rita Simons, Linda Henry, Cheryl Fergison, Perry Fenwick and Adam Woodyatt - who I worked with so closely."
Babs had stopped enjoying being on the soap and her home life was suffering.
She said: "I wasn’t laughing or singing around the house - I had stopped being fun."