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BBC EastEnders' Glynis Barber's life since Glenda Mitchell from rival soap to living with Casualty star husband in London

MyLondon 03/12/2022 Ayaan Ali

Actress Glynis Barber went on to became a soap icon when she took on the role of Glenda Mitchell on EastEnders. On the BBC show, Glynis portrayed villain Archie Mitchell's ex-wife (played by Larry Lamb) Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell's mum.

Glynis first played her fiery character from 2010–2011. A few years later, she returned to Albert Square to reprise her role in 2016 before leaving Walford for good in 2017. Glenda's most memorable storylines included her fling with nephew-by-marriage Phil (Steve McFadden) and her rocky relationship with her two daughters.

Away from the Albert Square Glynis also appeared in The Bill, Law & Order UK, Casualty, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, and Silent Witness. Alongside acting in TV show, Glynis starred in a number of films such as Déjà Vu, Edge of Tomorrow and Point Break.

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Glynis on EastEnders © BBC Glynis on EastEnders

Previously opening up about her EastEnders role, the actress confessed that it was one of her "toughest" jobs. “That was one of the toughest jobs I’ve done in terms of workload, though I was very fond of Glenda. She was naughty and blunt with no moral compass," she told RadioTimes.

The actress said she's not ruled out a return to Walford and praised her former co-stars for their work ethic.

"The door is open in theory but would they want her? Her girls are gone, there are grandchildren she barely has anything to do with, but you never know," she continued.

She added: “I loved working with the late Barbara Windsor, and Sam Womack and Rita Simons were such good actors. Doing scenes with them I’d marvel at how authentic they were. The Mitchell sisters were iconic.”

In her personal life, Glynis is married to her Casualty star husband Michael Brandon, who she wed in 1989.

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