EastEnders' Barbara Windsor leaves money to on-screen sister Anna Karen

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Barbara Windsor's will has been revealed, with the majority of her fortune being left to her husband Scott Mitchell.

The EastEnders legend passed away on December 10, 2020 following a battle with Alzheimer's.

It's since been confirmed by The Sun that Barbara left £1,000 to actress Anna Karen, who played her EastEnders character Peggy Mitchell's on-screen sister, Aunt Sal.

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The pair first became close when they both appeared in Carry On films.

The Sun also claimed that Windsor also left £5,000 to her sister-in-law Marsha Alexander and her husband Laurence, and £2,000 each to her cousins Leslie Larsen and Julie Elliot.

The philanthropical actress also left a further £1,000 each to seven charities, the NSPCC, Breast Cancer Care, Help The Aged, Grand Order Of Lady Ratlings, National Osteoporisis Society, Headley Court wounded soldiers rehab centre and Age UK.

The rest of her £4.6 million estate was left to husband Scott, whom she married in 2000.

Scott announced the sad news that the acting legend had died in a statement. Referring to his "precious Bar", he said: "I've lost my wife, my best friend and soulmate and my heart or life will never feel the same without you."

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Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images

"It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserve," he added.

"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."

Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014, and spent four years being privately treated.

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Photo credit: BBC

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Scott then went public with the news in 2018 as the disease had progressed. Windsor moved into a care home in 2020.

The actress first started her career in 1950 at the age of 13, before making a name for herself when she appeared in nine Carry On films between 1964 and 1974.

She joined EastEnders in 1994, taking over the iconic role of matriarch Peggy Mitchell and appeared on and off in the soap until her character was killed off in 2016.

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