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(Dame) Barbara Windsor


Born - 6 August 1937, Shoreditch, London, England
Died - 10 December 2020

Pint-sized (4ft 10in), irrepressibly bubbly, squeaky-voiced British comic (and later dramatic) actress with hour-glass figure and blonde hair piled high, an unmissable presence in any film or TV series. Born Barbara-Ann Deeks, she came to prominence in the theatre playing cockneys and, after her breakthrough role (repeating her stage success) in Sparrows Can't Sing (1962), she was soon a regular member of the 'Carry On' comedy team, usually losing most of her clothes in the course of the hi-jinks, but never her smile, Later famous as fearsome pub landlady Peggy Mitchell in TV's long-running East Enders, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2014 and became a formidable campaigner for treatment of the affliction. It finally killed her at 83. In films as a teenager, she can be spotted in The Belles of St Trinian's (1954), Lost (1955), Make Mine a Million (1959), Too Hot to Handle (1960), On the Fiddle (1961), Flame in the Streets (1961) and Death Trap (1962), before bigger roles came along: Crooks in Cloisters (1963), Carry On Spying (1964), A Study in Terror (1965), Carry On Doctor (1966), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1967), Carry On Camping (1969), Carry On Henry (1970), The Boy Friend (1971), Carry On Matron (1972), Carry On Girls (1973), Carry On Dick (1974), That's Carry On (1977), Comrades (1986), It Couldn't Happen Here (1987), the voice of the Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland (2010), that of Mallymkun in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) and Lessons from Joan (2018), her last. Created Dame in 2016, she was three times married.