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Windsor honoured as DS Soap Icon

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Television legend Barbara Windsor has been presented with Digital Spy's first ever Soap Icon award ahead of her exit from BBC soap EastEnders.



In October, the 72-year-old - who plays Walford matriarch Peggy Mitchell - announced her intention to step down from her role in the New Year to spend more time with her husband Scott Mitchell.

Having risen to fame throughout the 13 years of Carry On films and television specials, Barbara also enjoyed a healthy West End and Broadway career.

Her big TV break came in 1994 when she usurped the role of vivacious and to-the-point landlady Peggy Mitchell, quickly becoming one of the most recognisable and ultimately iconic faces in television history.

Barbara's portrayal of Peggy - along with her screen family Phil (Steve McFadden), Grant (Ross Kemp) and Sam (Danniella Westbrook) - propelled the Mitchell clan to the fore of the show and into the soapland archive as Walford's premiere family.

Soon, however, time will be called on her reign as Queen Vic landlady when she bows out of the East-End soap after 16 years.

Barbara said of her award: "When I think of all the great soap icons of the past and present, it is a great honour. To be told you're considered up there with the likes of Julie Goodyear, Pat Phoenix and of course our own June Brown and Pam St Clements, it's a wonderful way to be remembered."

When asked how she feels to be a national treasure, she added: "It's a wonderful compliment, but I think it's because I've been around so long and I won't go away because I love the business I am in so much. I am very proud that the public have taken me to their hearts. In my own opinion, though, our national treasures are the 'unsung heroes'."

Last week, EastEnders was awarded DS's Soap Of The Year trophy for the second time running.

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