Barbara is one of Britain’s most famous actresses, from her role in the 60s and 70s in the wonderful Carry On films to Peggy Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, she has been at the forefront of British broadcasting for a number of decades.
Barbara Windsor, MBE (born 6 August 1937) was born in Shoreditch, London. Her first film role was in The Belles of St Trinian’s in 1954. She joined Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, coming to prominence in their stage production Fings Ain’t Wot They Used to Be and Littlewood’s film Sparrows Can’t Sing in 1963, achieving a BAFTA nomination for Best British Film Actress.
Barbara came to real prominence with her portrayals of a ‘good time girl’ in nine Carry On films. Her first was Carry On Spying in 1964 and her final Carry On… film acting role was in Carry On Dick in 1974
In 1994 Barbara was cast in Eastenders. She took over the role Peggy Mitchell for which she received the Best Actress award at the British Soap Awards in 1999 and a Lifetime Achievement award in 2009.
In 2000, she was made an MBE in the Millennium Honours List, was inducted into the first BBC Hall of Fame and had a waxwork of her unveiled at Madame Tussauds. She also published her autobiography, All of Me.
Barbara provided the voice of the Dormouse in Walt Disney’s 2010 live action adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton.
In August 2010, Windsor was given the Freedom of the City of London, and in November 2010, she was honoured by the City of Westminster at a tree planting and plaque ceremony.
Also in 2010 she was honoured for her outstanding contribution to show business, at the Variety Club Showbiz Awards.
In January 2011 she appeared as herself in series 1, episode 4 of BBC comedy series Come Fly With Me, where she was insulted by the character Moses played by David Walliams.
Since 2011 she has regularly stood in for Elaine Paige on her BBC Radio 2 show on Sunday afternoons between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.
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