Margaret Ann "Peggy" Mitchell married Eric Mitchell in 1960 because she was pregnant with Phil Mitchell (Steve Mc Fadden).Eric, a keen boxer, worked for gangster Johnny Allen (Billy Murray).Johnny would taunt Eric, making him do demeaning jobs because Eric was a better boxer than him.
Eric took his angst out on Peggy and was often violent towards her and Phil. Peggy considered leaving when her sons, Phil and Grant (Ross Kemp) were teenagers, and once even tried to seduce Johnny Allen, but he turned her down.
Peggy tried to save her marriage by having another child in 1975, her only daughter Sam (Danniella Westbrook and Kim Medcalf).
Her relationship with Eric improved, but only temporarily, and when Kevin Masters (Colin Mc Cormack) employed Peggy to work at his minicab firm, they began a secret affair.
When Eric developed cancer, Peggy gave up work to care for him, but Kevin returned promptly after Eric's death in 1985 and Peggy's children took against him. And while she happily poured you a shot, she was equally keen to get shot of manipulative hubby Archie Mitchell with real bullets.
Sadly would-be hitman son Phil bottled out before he could pull the trigger.
Peggy's battled cancer with the same determination as she's battled local government for change in Walford - although she was a little bothered when Mayor Boris biked into her borough.Romance has always been messy for Peggy, whether it was splitting up with scheming Archie hours after their wedding, or a messy love triangle involving Pat Evans and Frank Butcher.Her beloved Queen Vic was sadly taken from her clutches, when her wayward son’s battle with booze and drugs led to an emotional showdown, resulting in him setting the landmark alight.Her heartache and suffocating love for him aided her decision to walk away from Walford.One thing’s for certain - Peggy was certainly a queen of the Vic and her words "Get outta ma pub! Margaret Ann Martin was born on the 21st March 1942 in the East End of London to Jack Martin and Lilian Martin (unknown maiden surname). In May 1945, the war ended and Peggy was 3 years old. In about 1959 she met Eric Mitchell, a local boxer.She was soon pregnant with his child and they married in September 1960.