Martine McCutcheon has revealed that the late Barbara Windsor had a “photographic memory” before her battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The EastEnders actress, 45, worked on the soap opera with Barbara for several years before her character Tiffany died after being hit by a car.
The couple had worked together before when Martine was just a child, but she explained that Barbara, best known for playing Peggie Mitchell on the soap opera, still worked the same way almost 20 years later.
Special Skill: Martine McCutcheon, 45, revealed the late Barbara Windsor (pictured together) had a “photographic memory” before her battle with Alzheimer’s disease
Speaking to The Mirror, Martine explained that Barbara had a special method of learning her lines – using her “almost photographic” memory to remember them.
She recalls, “She had a file. It was highlighted and she knew what we were doing when, what day of the week for the rewrites… she would be on top of everything.
“His memory was, ironically, almost photographic, so we remembered lines like that. She was the most professional person I have ever worked with, the ultimate professional.
‘She did not suffer fools. If you were doing the job, you had to be part of it.
Co-stars: The Eastenders actress, 45, worked on EastEnders with Barbara for several years before her character Tiffany was killed off
The EastEnders legend was laid to rest at Golders Green Crematorium after his death from Alzheimer’s disease on December 11 at the age of 83.
Famous for her infectious laughter and striping in the Carry On films, the Shoreditch-born actress known as “Babs” had a 66-year career in showbiz, first appearing on stage at the age 13 before retiring four years ago at the age of 79.
As dementia took its toll, 4-foot-10 Dame Barbara was forced to stop playing dreaded landlady Peggy Mitchell on EastEnders.
Say goodbye instead: As dementia took its toll, 4ft 10in Dame Barbara was forced to stop playing dreaded landlady Peggy Mitchell on EastEnders
Barbara, whom Martine described as a mentor and “professional par excellence”, served as a moral compass for the young actress, who was only 19 when she presented herself for the first time on the Square.
The Love Actually star recalled, “She knew all about the way women were treated in the industry and how you survive that and do it your way.
“I remember her saying, ‘Let people think that you are less intelligent than you are and that you are less fabulous than you are, because you will only surprise them, my dear. Sometimes it’s better [to let people underestimate you] and she was blonde, silly, wide-eyed… she was on it.
Supporter: Martine described Barbara as a mentor and the “ultimate professional” and acted as a moral compass for the young actress
The mother-of-one also opened up about what it was like to work on the soap opera, which she describes as one of the toughest jobs she’s ever had – putting on makeup starting at 6 a.m. before an intense day of filming.
It comes after Martine revealed she was signed by a modeling agency, having dreamed of the career since she was a child.
The actress took to Instagram earlier this month to share the news that she was signed by Elite Modeling Agency World, saying, “It just shows that it’s never too late for dreams to come true. become true.”
The Love Actually star (pictured on set with Hugh Grant) recalled: “She knew all about the way women were treated in the industry and how you survive that and do it your way”
Confidence: Martine took to Instagram earlier this month to share the news that she was signed by Elite Modeling Agency World (pictured in 2017)
Sharing the news, Martine said: “I am SO delighted to report that I have been signed to @elitemodlworld. This is a dream come true!
“My 14 year old self would have died knowing that!” I’m 45 next month and it shows how it is never too late for dreams to come true and also that the world of fashion and modeling is changing in the biggest ways and embracing so many women. different.
“Mum and I kept laughing because I was always talking about it – have her take pictures of me when I was a kid and we couldn’t believe this finally happened!”
After receiving an overwhelming response to his news about his career, Martin took to social media on Sunday to thank people for their support and to talk about his struggles in the industry.
“Like most of us in life, I’ve had to struggle at times to hold on and not give up on my dreams – both professionally and personally for all kinds of reasons.
Modeling: Sharing the news, Martine said, “I am SO excited to report that I have been signed to @elitemodlworld. It’s a dream come true! ‘
“I’m so grateful to my subscribers – you guys and people well known in their fields that I very much admire have been rooted for me and sent DMs and honestly I’m overwhelmed. ‘
In the heartfelt post, the mother-of-one said she believed “things were at their end for me for many days” and feared what tomorrow would bring.
“Glad to do more presentations – I feel more confident being myself rather than playing a role so this should be fun and I can’t wait to share my interiors and my fashion / beauty choices with you and you. seem to do enjoy them and i like your take on things too!
‘Many of you say that you grew up with me, that I inspire you and you feel that I am “one of you” well I just wanted to say THANK YOU and that without your support, loyalty and the pleasure of what I do, I would not have been inspired to continue! ‘
Loving mother: In the heartfelt post, the mother-of-one said she believed “things were at an end for me for several days” and feared what tomorrow would bring