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Barbara Windsor's widow Scott says ghost of EastEnders icon still occupies their home

The ghost of the late actress Dame Barbara Windsor still frequents her home - according to her widowed husband, Scott Mitchell.

Former EastEnders and Carry On icon Babs passed away in 2020 aged 83 following a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Two years on, Scott, who was married to the icon for 20 years, has spoken candidly about her death on the Soap From The Box Podcast.

"I'll look at a picture of her and just sense something, I know she's there," he said.

"She always said to me, even before the dementia, 'Listen love, I'll go first because that's how it'll be between you and me. When I go I want you to be broken hearted, cry your eyes out, the whole works.'

"'But when you get over all that promise me you'll have the best life ever because that's what I did'. I know that's what she wants for me. I know that whatever I go on to do she'll be looking down only wanting good things for me."

The pair were married for 20 years until Babs lost her battle with Alzheimer's disease in 2020 (Getty Images Europe)

Scott also discussed Barbara's surprise love for late singer Amy Winehouse, who often visited their home.

"I hope that's because she felt safe here," he said of Amy, who passed away aged just 27 following struggles with addiction.

"She'd always offer to help Barbara learn her lines, she absolutely loved it I do believe Amy felt safe here. They were both ladies who were constantly being stopped and recognised."

Scott added: "At least they could sit here in our house and not worry about that, just have chitchat like normal people. It was just lovely. It was very special."

Scott can still feel Barbara's presence in their home two years on from her death (UK Press via Getty Images)

Last month, meanwhile, Scott appeared on Lorraine and called on then PM Liz Truss not to scrap the dementia task force announced by her predecessor Boris Johnson in memory of the late star.

He said the roughly £95 million in funding was at risk after recruitment for the project had been paused.

He told the host: "Now I understand that we are in a very bad place as far as the economy and savings and cuts. Dementia cannot be touched.

"This is about trialling new drugs and if we start that tomorrow it is going to be two or three years before we can get them actually active into the system. If you delay this now again, after all these years, we are going to be talking about another five or six years before this can happen.

"So, please, Prime Minister, if you listen to things like this, do not touch that money. Do not hold this. Do not delay this. That is the only thing that gets me passionate or political, is what people go through."

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