Barbara Windsor's widower Scott gives rare look into new relationship

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Scott Mitchell has opened up on his romance with EastEnders star Tayna Franks.

The 60-year-old widower of late Albert Square legend Dame Barbara Windsor has found loved again three years after his wife’s death following a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

The new couple went official over the summer, having first met when they ran the marathon in 2019 to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK in Dame Barbara’s name.

Appearing on Monday’s episode of This Morning, he told hosts Holly Willoughby and Dermot O’Leary: ‘We met the first year that we did the marathon.

‘It’s a very funny thing. I could not have picked two ladies who are more opposite, they are the polar opposites when it comes to talking about their personal life.’

He hailed his partner as ‘an incredible lady’, but Scott wants to ‘respect’ her desire not to have her personal relationships discussed in the public eye.

He added: ‘Barbara, if she had sneezed at 11 o’clock, she’d give you a three hour interview whereas Tanya is an incredible lady, but she believes that her personal relationships are not something that she wishes to discuss.

‘I respect that. We did meet through running and we still do run together.’

Scott was married to the late Peggy Mitchell icon from 2000 until her death in 2020.

Scott, Tanya and the rest of the EastEnders cast trained for the marathon in 2019, 2021 and 2023.

Although Scott keeps their romance private, he did open up earlier this year about the close bond they share.

He said: ‘Life feels really good right now and we are enjoying some special time together.’

A source close to Barbara’s friends and family previously told The Sun that they’re happy Scott has found love again.

The EastEnders actress left her role as Rainie last year after she reunited with husband Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ) and decided to start a new life elsewhere with their son, Roland, who is Bernie’s (Clair Norris) biological child.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV 1.

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