Ross Kemp shares the touching way he pays tribute to Barbara Windsor in his home
The former EastEnders star, who played Barbara’s character Peggy Mitchell’s son Grant Mitchell, keeps a picture up of Barbara in his office.
Barbara died in December 2020 after battling dementia. She was 83-years-old.
Speaking to The Mirror at the TRIC Awards, Ross revealed that the picture was a present from Barbara herself.
He told us: “I have a picture of her in my office, she gave that picture to me virtually when I first met her.
“It’s of her in her twenties, it has a special message.
‘She’s timeless, we are very flippant, transient and in a disposable kind of time, sadly, as you can see by all he plastic that washes up in the ocean, but she is pretty timeless.
“I hope that people will carry on remembering what a great person she was.
“She truly was one of those icons, she was a national treasure.”
“She was an amazing woman. we’ll be raising a glass to her,” he added.
He also said he wants to raise awareness of dementia, a disease that will continue long after the Covid pandemic ends.
Ross added: “We’ve been through Covid and we’re still going through it and it’s taken so many lives, but dementia will carry on taking lives after Covid sadly.”
The TV star was also asked if he’d ever return to EastEnders to reprise his role playing Grant, and he didn’t rule it out.
“I don’t know, I never say never. Life’s too short,” Ross said.
He added: “I hope Grant’s having more fun than I am, he’s probably lying on a beach somewhere having a tequila sunrise.”
For now Ross is busy filming his ever popular documentaries, and has just spent the last few months doing very intense training.
Ross told us: “I had to do two and a half months training so now I’m an advanced rescue diver and also a HSE qualified diver.
“if you want me to put scaffolding together at 20 metres I can do that. How handy that’s going to be in my future I do not know.”