Danniella Westbrook sends message to Barbara Windsor

Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in April 2014

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Former EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook has sent a message to her on-screen mum, Dame Barbara Windsor, following her Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Danniella also claimed in the chat that she and Barbara are “so similar”.

The actress, who played Sam Mitchell in EastEnders, told The Sun she was sad to find out Barbara, who played Sam’s mum Peggy, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014.

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Danniella played Barbara’s daughter in EastEnders (Credit: Andy Barnes / Flynet – SplashNews)

Danniella praised Barbara for inspiring both on screen and off-camera, saying: “Barbara is the button of life and remembers everybody. She has taught me so much.”

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The ex soap star – who stopped by Barbara’s home with a card last week – described Alzheimer’s as a “devastating” illness.

She also said claimed she and Barbara were “so similar [because] we both love a toyboy.”

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Danniella said she’s learned a lot from Barbara (Credit: Alucard / Flynet – SplashNews)

Danniella, 44, previously dated Alan Thomason, 35, and George Arnold, who was 19 years younger.

Barbara, 80, has been married to 55-year-old Scott Mitchell for 18 years.

It was Scott who made Barbara’s diagnosis public last week, saying the time had come to let people know as his wife’s symptoms had worsened in recent weeks.

He broke the news in an exclusive interview with The Sun.

Dame Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014 but only made the news public last week (Credit: Fameflynet)

Many of Barbara’s former EastEnders co-stars and celebrity friends have spoken out to support her.

Ross Kemp, who played her son Grant Mitchell, said: “Very proud of Scott and Barbara for speaking openly about Barbara’s diagnosis. I hope by talking openly it will make it easier for others to talk about this dreadful disease.

“I love both Barbara and Scott very much.”

Barbara gave fans an update on her health earlier this week, when she recorded a voice message for Loose Women’s Jane Moore to mark her birthday.

Jane was the journalist who interviewed Barbara’s husband to break the Alzheimer’s news in The Sun.

In the recording, Barbara also thanked the public for their “messages of support”.

Jane was moved to tears following Barbara’s message (Credit: ITV)

Barbara said: “Hi Jane, and all the Loose Women, it’s Barbara Windsor here!”

“I just want to wish you a very happy birthday, darling Jane. Thank you so much for being a loyal and good friend and helping Scott share my recent news.

“Have a great day and have no fear, as I still intend to carry on.”

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