Spotlight on Dame Barbara Windsor

From the buxom high priestess of comedy in the 1960s and '70s, starring in nine Carry On films, to a diminunitive pub landlady in EastEnders, in the 1990s, Barbara Windsor, pearly queen, blonde bombshell, is a true British icon and national treasure.

Born in 1937, in London's East End, Barbara's first film role was in The Belles of St Trinian’s, aged 17. She went on to appear in chorus lines of West End musicals and in 1963 she landed a starring role in the film Sparrows Can’t Sing, for which she received a Best British Actress nomination.

Her first Carry On film was made in 1964. Carry On Spying, was a James Bond spoof, and Windsor played a role that would see her through the entire bawdy franchise – a bubbly, buxom woman given to outbursts of giggly innuendos!

She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014 and went on to campaign for better awareness of the disease.

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