DAME Barbara Windsor’s on-screen son Ross Kemp has spoken of his love for the ex-EastEnders star, after it was revealed she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The actress, 80, had kept the devastating news secret after she and husband Scott Mitchell, 55, were first told in 2014 - but her symptoms have grown worse in recent weeks.

Ross Kemp, who played Peggy Mitchell’s (Dame Barbara) son Grant in Albert Square, wrote on Twitter: “Very proud of Scott and Barbara for speaking openly about Barbara’s diagnosis.

“I hope by talking openly it will make it easier for others to talk about this dreadful disease.”

In an emotional interview with The Sun, Mr Mitchell said he wanted to set the record straight amid rumours in showbusiness circles about his wife’s deteriorating health.