Barbara, who played Queen Vic landlady Peggy Mitchell from 1994 to 2010, with a brief reappearance last year, told The Sun she was much happier watching others acting these days.
She said: “At the moment I am very happy. I do Radio 2 which is great (she presents Ladies Of Song), I am doing a one-off about the film studios at Elstree and I quite like that.
“I can be Barbara, just talking about the films. I quite like being me. I don’t want to start learning lines again. I am 76 and I think that’s it. I had no life with Scott (Mitchell, her husband) when I was doing EastEnders.
“We’ve just come back from Broadway. We go and see all the shows. I am a theatre-goer now.”
On Christmas Day the Walford pub was taken over by Mick Carter’s (Danny Dyer) family and the soap is about to launch into its longest-running whodunnit to date, when Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater) is killed off at Easter. The killer won’t be revealed until EastEnders‘ 30th anniversary in February.
Barbara added: “EastEnders is doing well anyway – they’re doing fantastic.”