EastEnders’ star John Altman – best known as Nasty Nick – has commemorated Dame Barbara Windsor and sadly admitted he ‘thought she’d live forever’. 

Actress Dame Barbara died on Thursday evening, with her husband Scott Mitchell announcing the news shortly before midnight. 

John appeared on TalkRADIO that evening to discuss his memories of the true British icon, and admitted: ‘It’s funny, with some people you think they’re going to go on forever, don’t you?

‘I couldn’t believe it really. I knew that she’d been ill so it wasn’t like it suddenly came out of the blue, or it wasn’t a shock because I knew she was ill. I’m just getting my head round it really, it’s only just dawning on me.’ 

‘The last time I saw Barbara was in central London where she lived with Scott and I have a really lovely memory of that,’ he later added. 

‘I think she remembered me when I walked in as well.’

‘I went to see her probably about a year and a half ago now,’ he continued.

‘But then of course she’s been unwell and she has not been at home for quite a while.’ 

John added that he was glad Barbara Windsor could live her final months ‘peacefully and untroubled’. 

John is one of many that have spoken out on Dame Barbara’s lasting legacy, with Amanda Barrie and Larry Lamb also remembering their time with the star.

Scott Mitchell, Dame Barbara’s husband, broke the news late Thursday evening that she’d died.

As part of his statement, he wrote: ‘Barbara’s final weeks were typical of how she lived her life. Full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end.

‘It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserve.

‘I will always be immensely proud of Barbara’s courage, dignity and generosity dealing with her own illness and still trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as she could.’

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