Barbara Windsor made a surprise appearance at the Snow White Gala alongside husband Scott Mitchell last night.

Barbara Windsor

The 81-year-old surprised fans when she turned up at the red carpet event held at the London Palladium arm-in-arm with Scott, 55, and actor Matt Lucas.

Smiling and waving for photographers, EastEnders actress Barbara warmed hearts in the rare public outing after she was told she had Alzheimer’s more than four years ago.

The star only went public with her diagnosis in May and had a pacemaker fitted in August after a fall at home.

Back in October, Barbara’s husband Scott opened up about the Dame during an emotional appearance on Loose Women, revealing the moment she received the news in 2014.

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He told the panel, “We were sitting down and Dr Kennedy said, ‘Look I’m really sorry but it is Alzheimer’s that you’ve got’. She looked at me and said, ‘I’m so sorry’.”

“Deep down I didn’t think it would be what it was,” he admitted, before adding: “Something happened to her personality, a veil came over her, she lost the sparkle.”

Despite his heartache, Scott also confessed he had no regrets about going public with Barbara’s disease, saying, “It’s only been a positive experience since [sharing the diagnosis].

“For me, it was four years that we kept this quiet. The relief when I finally did do the interview with Jane [Moore] was just incredible.”

Barbara’s close friend Paul O’Grady also revealed the actress was ‘fine’ after having a major heart operation earlier this summer.

Speaking to The Mirror at the time, the 63-year-old said, “She is doing really well, and he is remarkable, Scott. Since she has had the pacemaker, I’ve been to see her.”

Referencing Barbara and Scott’s 18 year marriage, he added, “The love they have for each other, it breaks your heart. She knows who I am. She’s fine.”