Ross Kemp gives update on Barbara Windsor

Ross Kemp with Barbara Windsor
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Ross Kemp gave viewers of God Morning Britain an update on his friend Barbara Windsor earlier this week.

The actress who played Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders alongside Kemp (who played Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap opera) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014,

Ross told GMB: "I spoke to her on Sunday on FaceTime with her husband Scott.

"She recognised me, but we have to be realistic that there is no cure for Alzheimer's. It's probably not going to get much better for her."

It was recently reported Windsor had been moved into a care home.

At the time her husband Scott said: "I have been used to hustle and bustle in this little space, then suddenly, silence. All you can hear are your thoughts, and that's not always healthy."

"It's always been my biggest fear, that one day I would have to take her somewhere and she'd be thinking, 'Why would he do this to me?' That fear has become a reality. It's something I never wanted.

"She still seems unsettled and, in her lucid moments, I can see she's worked out this isn't temporary. She's still thinking and saying I've let her down. Of course that's a painful thing to hear, but I know it's not the Barbara I know speaking."

For advice and support on Alzheimer’s visit the Alzheimer’s society website.