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Formers Eastenders actress Barbara Windsor used to practice her lines with the late singer Amy Winehouse.

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The 75-year-old actress, who played Peggy Mitchell in the BBC One soap, used to have a close friendship with the singer of hits including Back to Black and Rehab.

When she was still in Eastenders, Winehouse would go round to Windsor’s house and they would go through her alter-ego’s scenes together.

Windsor, who also starred in the Carry On films, said: “There was always an EastEnders script on the coffee table and we would read the scripts together.

“There was one really heavy scene between Peggy and Pat (Evans) where it really kicked off. I pretended to be Peggy and for the first time Amy played Pat.

“Afterwards she always insisted on playing Peggy, which was lovely. She was very good, she was a very good actress. That was one of our smashing moments. It was lovely and we always said we would never tell anyone.”

Windsor says she decided to keep her friendship with Winehouse - who died last July aged 27 - a secret because she knew people would judge it.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I kept our friendship private even though she was often in the news. We kept it a secret. We always said our friendship would be very private because we knew what it would be like...’Friends with Barbara Windsor, what’s that all about?’ “

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