Barbara Windsor's widower Scott Mitchell 'couldn't be happier' in new relationship

He is currently dating Tanya Franks.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Tanya Franks and Scott Mitchell pose with their medals after completing the Virgin London Marathon 2019 on April 28, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Tanya Franks and Scott Mitchell complete the Virgin London Marathon 2019. (Karwai Tang/WireImage) (Karwai Tang via Getty Images)

Three years on from his late wife Dame Barbara Windsor's passing, Scott Mitchell is apparently enjoying life to the fullest.

Mitchell is now in a relationship with another Walford face, Rainie Cross actress Tanya Franks, he goes way back with Franks after the now-couple used to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease together.

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Friend and professional make-up artist Gary Cockerill has now told OK!: "Barbara was a massive part of our lives for 25 years. We loved her to bits and it was so sad when she passed, but Scott was so brilliant with her.

"He looked after her until the very end. He really is a special man. Of course he wanted to find happiness again – and Tanya is a really lovely lady."

Cockerill's husband Phill Turner went on to add they "couldn't be happier".

Barbara Windsor attending the Olivier Awards, held at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London (PA)
Dame Barbara Windsor passed away in 2020. (PA) (PA)

This comes after Mitchell himself stopped by ITV talkshow Lorraine, speaking about Windsor's hopes for him moving on with his life.

"She was a generous lady, a generous spirit," he shared.

"She always used to say, 'I'll go first, be upset, be heartbroken but once you're through that please live your best life'."

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The former recruitment consultant then went on to gush over his new partner, commenting: "I'm very, very lucky. It started as a nice friendship and developed into something more.

"We are very happy. She's incredibly supportive of the work I do for the campaigning, so there is no fear there or worry of 'oh, it's about my late wife', because she has had her own personal family experience with this illness. She knows what it's all about so thank goodness, life feels really good.

"Me feeling miserable now or being alone isn't gonna bring [Windsor] back, and she wouldn't want that. I know that the one person who would be happy for me is Barbara Windsor."

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