Legendary TV pub landlady bows out after 16 years

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One of Britain's best-loved television characters, pub landlady Peggy Mitchell, will bow out of the show Friday after 16 years at the heart of the long-running soap "EastEnders".

Mitchell is played by 73-year-old actress Barbara Windsor, who found fame as a buxom blonde in the "Carry On" movies but since 1994 has played the loveable, no-nonsense landlady of the Queen Vic pub in the soap set in London's East End.

Horrified viewers watched on Thursday night as the pub, which has in the past counted Queen Elizabeth II among its customers, went up in flames following a typically explosive family row.

But the BBC, which broadcasts the show in Britain and on BBC Worldwide, has been keeping tight-lipped about how Mitchell will leave the show on Friday.

"EastEnders" is celebrating 25 years on television this year.

© 2010 AFP

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