The actress' Peggy Mitchell character took her own life after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer during a May (16) episode, and Barbara walked away from the show she had been a big part of since 1994.

But, following a break, she's ready to return to the soap.

Speaking to The Sun at Monday's (05Sep16) TV Choice Awards, where the 79-year-old picked up an Outstanding Contribution to Television honour, she said, "I would love Peggy to come back on as a ghost. I'd definitely be up for it. I'd love that as I'd have been able to have had a rest for a little bit.

"I'm going to have to talk to the producers so they can find a way of doing that. I'm still in touch with them all so it would be easy."