Daniella Westbrook has revealed she’s "devastated" for her on-screen mum Barbara Windsor in light of her recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
The former EastEnders star, 44, plays Sam Mitchell in the BBC soap – the daughter of 80-year-old Barbara’s legendary Peggy Mitchell.
Danniella popped around with a card for Babs earlier this week after her husband Scott Mitchell, 55, spoke of his wife’s diagnosis.
And she admitted she and the veteran actress have always got on as they share an affinity for toyboys.
"Me and Barbara are so similar, we both love a toyboy," she said.
Speaking of her illness, she told the Sun: "This is a devastating illness but I’d rather that than the pain of cancer because at least she doesn’t know.
"So in a way it’s quite a nice place to be.
"Barbara is the button of life and remembers everybody. She has taught me so much."
Just yesterday, Babs vowed to "carry on" in a surprise voice message on Loose Women as Jane Moore celebrated her birthday.
The panelist was left in tears by her heartfelt words and was comforted by her fellow panelists.
Jane, who is a close friend of the EastEnders star, had broken the news of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis in a heartfelt interview with Barbara’s husband.
After giving Jane a cake on the ITV daytime show today, Christine Lampard announced that they had a "very special message" for her as well.
A perplexed Jane made a face and was stunned when she heard Barbara’s voice in a sweet message.
Barbara, who has been battling the disease for four years, said: "Hi Jane and all the Loose Women – it’s Barbara Windsor here and I just wanted to wish you a very happy birthday darling Jane and thank you so much for being a loyal and good friend and helping Scott share my recent news.
"I’d also like to say a big thank you to everyone for the lovely messages of support that I’ve been receiving. It really means such a lot to me, it truly does.
"Have a great day and have no fear as I still intend to carry on and god bless everyone."
Jane struggled to keep her emotions in check and hunted for a tissue and thanked her for the message.
"How lovely," Jane said as she wiped away the tears.
Jane previously revealed that Barbara went to the doctor after suffering increasing memory loss and confusion.
Doctors carried out mental agility tests and did a brain scan before confirming the heartbreaking diagnosis.
On discovering the news, Jane said: "I think I’ve known for about two to three years. There were rumours floating around for some time that something wasn’t right but we didn’t know it was Alzheimer’s.
"Scott was adamant he didn’t want it coming out, In the early days the symptoms were mild and she protected herself by being in a little bit of denial about it."
Husband Scott decided to reveal Barbara’s diagnosis to the public because he no longer felt he could protect her.
Jane said: "He was so upset talking to me. It was a release but he felt so guilty like ‘I can’t protect her anymore’.
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