She may be celebrating her 76th  birthday this August but Barbara Windsor shows  she  still has a spring in her step.
The septuagenarian actress can’t resist  showing her joy as the news is released that she returns  to Eastenders for  a special “explosive” episode later this year.

The actress — who played Queen Vic landlady Peggy Mitchell for 16 years — will make her dramatic return later this year.

Peggy has been living in Portugal for the past three years, but she is forced to move back to Walford to help son Phil (Steve McFadden) who has landed himself in serious trouble.

And while Babs is only scheduled to appear in a single episode, it could pave the way for a permanent comeback further down the line.

A show source said: “Peggy Mitchell is an EastEnders institution and a real fan favourite. Getting her back for an episode is guaranteed to pull in a huge number of viewers.

“Barbara still has a great relationship with everyone at the show, so when they approached her about coming back she was more than happy to oblige.

“Phil gets himself in hot water again and hits a real low point. As soon as Peggy hears she rushes back to save the day. Knowing she’s done all she can, she leaves Albert Square. It is a really explosive episode.”

The source added: “Since she left the Square Barbara has had a great time and kept herself busy, but she would not rule out making a long-term comeback at some point.

“She’s in no rush but she’s so popular with the viewers and so loved on set that it would make sense if she returned for good one day.”

Speaking about her comeback, Barbara, 75, said: “It is no secret how much I have always loved EastEnders and Peggy Mitchell.”

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