British actress Barbara Windsor dies at 83

British actress Barbara Windsor, who rushed to fame in the 1960s in the popular Carry On dramas, has died aged 83.

National wealth in the UK, she gained nationwide attention for her often-risque roles in nine of the Carry On series of films.

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But in later years she was recognised for her role in the soap opera Eastenders, in which she played Peggy Mitchell, pub landlord and mother to TV bad boys Phil and Grant Mitchell.

Short of stature – she was just 1.47 metres tall – Windsor was a huge appearance on screen, stage and film, famed for her loud laugh and broad Cockney accent.

Windsor was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2014. She went on to be a representative for the Alzheimer’s Society, meeting UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Downing Street in 2019 to promote dementia care.

The Alzheimer’s Society paid tribute to her and her husband Scott, saying they had been “awe-inspiring in their support for personalities affected by dementia”.

She last appeared in Eastenders in 2016. That year she was also made a Dame in the Queen’s New Years Honours list for her services to charity and entertainment.

 

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