Peter Dean has paid tribute to EastEnders co-star Anna Wing, following news of the actress’s passing earlier today.

Dean was one of the BBC One soap’s original cast members alongside Wing, back in 1985, and played Pete Beale, the son of Wing’s character Lou Beale.

Formidable Lou resided with Pete’s twin sister Pauline (Wendy Richard), this often caused tension between Pete and Pauline’s husband Arthur (Bill Treacher), who felt that Pete should share some of the load.

 “I am very sorry to hear about Anna Wing. Our loss is heavens gain. [She was] a very unique woman, who lived her stay here to the full.” – Peter Dean, speaking to ATV Today

Although Wing quit the soap in 1988, Dean continued in the role of Pete until 1993. Wing’s agent confirmed that the 98-year-old actress, who had a long career on stage and screen, passed away on Sunday.

A statement released by EastEnders, earlier today read:

“We are deeply saddened to hear that Anna Wing has passed away. From the very first episode of EastEnders, Anna created one of the most iconic matriarchs in television history. Lou Beale is so entrenched in EastEnders history & without Anna, the Beale family would never have been the focal point it is today. Anna will be remembered fondly by everyone at EastEnders and our deepest sympathies are extended to her family and friends.”

ATV Today also spoke to Bill Treacher, who played Arthur, he recalled how the actress would make him laugh on set, and described her as a “very dear person”.

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