Barbara Windsor’s husband shares snaps of her watching Carry On films … amid dementia battle

Barbara Windsor’s husband has shared pictures of the iconic actress enjoying the classic Carry On films which made her name as they celebrated Christmas Day together.

Scott Mitchell, 56, and the actress, 82 – who wed in 2000 – have spent the festive season with his family and looked happy as they relaxed with the movies.

The former EastEnders star was diagnosed with degenerative condition Alzheimer’s in 2014, 14 years after she married Scott.

Screen star: Barbara Windsor, 82, watched some of her classic roles in the Carry On films with her husband Scott Mitchell, 56, as they celebrated Christmas Day on Wednesday

Screen star: Barbara Windsor, 82, watched some of her classic roles in the Carry On films with her husband Scott Mitchell, 56, as they celebrated Christmas Day on Wednesday

Screen star: Barbara Windsor, 82, watched some of her classic roles in the Carry On films with her husband Scott Mitchell, 56, as they celebrated Christmas Day on Wednesday

In one of his pictures Barbara put her hands up and smiled as she stood in front of the TV, which had been paused with her on the screen.

She was also seen posing with her hands on her hips and gesturing at the big screen in other snaps from Christmas Day.  

The former EastEnders actress starred in nine Carry On Films, from 1964’s Carry On Spying when she was aged 27 to 1977’s That’s Carry On!. 

Happy Christmas! The couple looked happy as they spent the day with Scott's family

Happy Christmas! The couple looked happy as they spent the day with Scott's family

Happy Christmas! The couple looked happy as they spent the day with Scott’s family

It comes after Barbara sent a special Christmas message to Good Morning Britain as she made a rare appearance amid her dementia battle. 

She said: ‘Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all the viewers and everyone at Good Morning Britain from us and everyone at The Alzheimer’s Society.’ 

Updating on her health, Scott said: ‘The lovely thing is, she’s still got that lovely sense of fun within her. She still loves to sit there and giggle. 

Having fun: Dame Barbara posed with her hands on her hips as she stood in front of the screen which was paused on one of her scenes

Having fun: Dame Barbara posed with her hands on her hips as she stood in front of the screen which was paused on one of her scenes

Having fun: Dame Barbara posed with her hands on her hips as she stood in front of the screen which was paused on one of her scenes

‘I make her laugh, she makes me laugh. Obviously the confusion is very unsettling for her.’

When asked on the show if he feels guilt when he goes out without his wife, he said: ‘I still struggle with that. I struggled with it when I first decided that we’d have carers come in the house. I was worried about how she’d be if I wasn’t there.

‘If I do catch myself joining in, laughing and joking, I do have those pangs of guilt.’ 

And back in March Scott revealed that Barbara  has taken to calling the worst aspects of her Alzheimer’s disease ‘blackout periods’.

Favourite films: Barbara, pictured enjoying the movies on Christmas Day, was diagnosed with degenerative condition Alzheimer’s in 2014

Favourite films: Barbara, pictured enjoying the movies on Christmas Day, was diagnosed with degenerative condition Alzheimer’s in 2014

Favourite films: Barbara, pictured enjoying the movies on Christmas Day, was diagnosed with degenerative condition Alzheimer’s in 2014

He told Loose Women: ‘She’ll call them her blackouts,’ he explained. ‘She’ll hold her head and say “I’ve got one of those blackouts, where are we?” Any lover, my heart goes out to you, you are powerless.’ 

He also said that the worst moments are during the gradual transition from daytime to night time.

‘It’s every night from five o clock onward,’ he explained. ‘It’s called sun-downing. As it gets darker they become more confused and she’s on this loop. It becomes a loop every time from that time.’

Throwback: Barbara, pictured in Carry on Abroad which was released in 1972, starred in several Carry On films before joining the cast of EastEnders

Throwback: Barbara, pictured in Carry on Abroad which was released in 1972, starred in several Carry On films before joining the cast of EastEnders

Throwback: Barbara, pictured in Carry on Abroad which was released in 1972, starred in several Carry On films before joining the cast of EastEnders

Icon: The star is also known for her role as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders which she played from 1994-2016

Icon: The star is also known for her role as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders which she played from 1994-2016

Icon: The star is also known for her role as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders which she played from 1994-2016

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