EastEnders fans upset as Dame Barbara Windsor left off DVD cover

Laura Hannam
Babs has been left out of the cover, despite being one of the soap’s most beloved characters. (PA Images/Amazon)

Dame Barbara Windsor, who played one of EastEnders most beloved characters Peggy Mitchell, has been left off the front cover of the DVD ‘The Best of EastEnders.’

Former EastEnders actress Daniella Westbrook was the first to publicly remark that her onscreen mother Peggy is nowhere to be seen on the cover – despite appearing on the show for 25 years.

Westbrook wrote on her Twitter in response to the DVD’s host Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale) promotional tweet: ‘Wish Babs was on the cover x’

And she’s not the only one. One fan replied to the tweet with: ‘Peggy was the queen vic she should be centre’ and another asked ‘How could she not be?’

While another wrote ‘Where’s Babs?’ and a fourth ‘Barbara should have been on the cover.’

The BBC has responded to Windsor being absent from the cover, and say that she can be seen both within the DVD’s content on its sleeve.

A spokesperson for the BBC told the MailOnline: ‘The Mitchells, including some of Peggy’s most memorable moments, feature prominently in the DVD’s content and on its sleeve.’

The DVD description promises to take viewers on ‘a special trip down memory lane’ since ‘the very first episode of EastEnders.’

The Queen tours the EastEnders set with Barbara Windsor in 2001. (PA Images)

81-year-old Windsor has been out of the limelight since she left EastEnders in 2016 and this year her husband Scott Mitchell revealed she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Mitchell told The Sun in an unpaid interview that Windsor still loved talking to her fans, but that she may appear confused or upset when in public.

“Firstly, I hope speaking out will help other families dealing with loved ones who have this cruel disease.

“Secondly, I want the public to know because they are naturally very drawn to Barb­ara and she loves talking to them.

“So rather than me living in fear she might get confused or upset, they’ll know that if her behaviour seems strange, it’s due to Alzhei­mer’s and accept it for what it is.”

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