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Ross Kemp planning tribute to EastEnders co-star Barbara Windsor with Alzheimer's documentary

She was diagnosed with the condition in 2014

Ross Kemp has revealed he wants to create a documentary about Alzheimer's, which would pay tribute to his former EastEnders co-star Barbara Windsor.

Barbara, who played Peggy Mitchell in the soap, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014 and she and husband Scott shared the news with the public last year.

Ross, who played Barbara's on-screen son Grant Mitchell, has said he's been inspired to film a new Living With series on the condition.

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Speaking to the Mirror, Ross said: "I’d like to do a show on Alzheimer’s. Living With... could be anything, cancer, mental illness, Boris Johnson."

Ross is known for his gripping documentaries, and has recently launched a four-part 'Living With' series which explores some of Britain's most serious problems.

Ross keeps in touch with Barbara and her hubby Scott about how the iconic actress is getting on.

The actor added: "I spoke to Scott last week. She has good days and days that aren’t so good. She’s affected by light, so when it gets dark it gets difficult.

Babs was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014 (Credit: Splashnews.com)

"She’s Barbara Windsor and we love her. I’m going to drop by next week."

Scott has spoken openly about how "heartbreaking" it has been to see screen star Barbara deal with the degenerative disease.

During an interview on Chris Evans' Virgin Radio show earlier this year, Scott said: "For anyone who has seen a loved one go through it, it's a horrible thing to witness. You see that person slowly disappearing before your eyes, being stripped of who they were.

She has good days and days that aren’t so good.

"Anyone who has been through it would tell you it's the most heartbreaking thing to watch."

Back in April, Scott alongside some of Barbara's former EastEnders' co-stars ran the London Marathon in support of Alzheimer's research.

Scott alongside some of Barbara's former EastEnders' co-stars ran the London Marathon in April in support of Alzheimer's research (Credit: Splashnews.com)

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Speaking to the Daily Star in February, Scott claimed that training was challenging and that he sometimes felt like giving up, but that the thought of his wife carried him through.

He said: "It is Barbara who gets me through the runs because like most people running who aren't professionals I am doing it for a personal reason close to my heart.

"It is that thought that will keep me going on the day."

Scott has been married to Barbara for 19 years.

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