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Barbara Windsor to leave BBC soap EastEnders

LONDON (Reuters) - British actress Barbara Windsor announced Wednesday that she was quitting the long-running BBC soap opera "EastEnders" after 15 years of serving up pints and dramatic plot twists in the Queen Vic pub.

Windsor, 72, said her role as landlady Peggy Mitchell, which has seen her famously shouting "Get outta my pub" at startled locals, had changed her life.

"I'll be so sad to leave Peggy behind; she's such a wonderful character to play," she said.

Windsor, who joined the "Eastenders" cast in 1994, will make her final exit next year, saying she wanted to spend more time with her husband, Scott Mitchell, whom she married in 2000.

"I'm looking forward to the future and I suppose when all's said and done, I should spend a bit more time with my old man, as he's not getting any younger," she said.

Before "EastEnders" Windsor was mostly known as a comedy actress, shooting to fame in the innuendo-laden British "Carry On" series of movies in the 1960s and 70s.

(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison)

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