EastEnders and Carry On legend Dame Barbara Windsor has died at the age of 83 following her tragic but brave battle against Alzheimer’s disease.
Windsor’s husband Scott Mitchell told the PA news agency which broke the news today (11th December).
The EastEnders and Carry On legend was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014, but kept her condition secret until symptoms started to show in 2018. Sadly, her condition had worsened in recent months.
She died at 8.35pm on Thursday at a London care home.
Mr Mitchell said:
“Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, a smile and affection for the many years of her love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives and the entertainment she gave to so many thousands of others during her career.
Barbara’s final weeks were typical of how she lived her life. Full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end.
It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserve. I will always be immensely proud of Barbara’s courage, dignity and generosity dealing with her own illness and still trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as she could.”
Windsor’s first film role was in The Belles of St Trinian’s released in 1954. She came to prominence in the 1960s, with roles in the Carry On… films. She would appear in nine of the bawdy comedies, from 1964 to 1977, and also starred in two years in the West End revue Carry On London!
But Barbara would become most famous for her role as no-nonsense matriarch Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders.
She played the pub landlady from 1994 to 2016 – a role for which she won two British Soap Awards: Best Actress in 1999 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
She made a cameo appearance in an episode of Doctor Who in 2006 portraying her role as Peggy.
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