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Stars pay their final respects to Barbara Windsor when EastEnders and Carry On Star are retired


Dame Barbara Windsor's third husband, Scott Mitchell, paid emotional tribute to the EastEnders and Carry On Star at her funeral today, saying, "Rest in peace, my beloved bar, my love forever, Scott."

Stars like David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Christopher Biggins were among those to make their final appearances at Golders Creen Crematorium in north London after the star died on December 10th at the age of 83 last month.

Flowers spelling Babs, The Dame, and Saucy adorned her coffin, while a topless photo of their carry-on days in order of service was included, along with their quote, "This picture will follow me to the end".

Mr Mitchell, who was married to Dame Barbara for 20 years, wrote: "Yes !!! Rest in peace, my beloved bar, my love forever, Scott xx."

Also present at the funeral, which had been reduced in attendance in accordance with government coronavirus restrictions, was actor Ross Kemp, who played Dame Barbara's on-screen son in EastEnders.

The Shoreditch-born actress known as "Babs" was famous for her infectious laugh and exposure in the Carry On films. She had a 66-year career in showbiz, first appearing on stage at the age of 13 before retiring four years ago at the age of 79.

When dementia took its toll, Dame Barbara 4ft 10ins had to stop playing the terrifying landlady Peggy Mitchell on EastEnders.

Mr Mitchell said on December 11th that his "best friend and soul mate" passed away peacefully in a London nursing home at 8:35 pm the previous evening. He had moved into her home a few days earlier to be by her side when she died.

Scott Mitchell, the third husband of Dame Barbara Windsor, arrives at Golders Green Crematorium in London this afternoon

Barbara Windsor's coffin arrives for the actress' funeral at Golders Green Creamtorium in London

Barbara Windsor's coffin arrives for the actress' funeral at Golders Green Creamtorium in London

Dame Barbara Windsor's mourners arrive before a private ceremony at Golders Green Crematorium in North London

Dame Barbara Windsor's mourners arrive before a private ceremony at Golders Green Crematorium in North London

Commonly known as "Babs" and famed for her infectious laugh and exposure in the Carry On films, the east London-born actress has had a 66-year career in showbiz. She first appeared on stage at the age of 13 before retiring four years ago at the age of 79

Commonly known as "Babs" and famed for her infectious laugh and exposure in the Carry On films, the east London-born actress has had a 66-year career in showbiz. She first appeared on stage at the age of 13 before retiring four years ago at the age of 79

Dame Barbara Windsor's mourners arrive before a private ceremony at Golders Green Crematorium in North London

Dame Barbara Windsor's mourners arrive before a private ceremony at Golders Green Crematorium in North London

Dean Gaffney was one of the stars who attended the funeral of legendary actress Barbara Windsor today

Christopher Biggins was one of the stars at the funeral of legendary actress Barbara Windsor today

Dean Gaffney (left) and Christopher Biggins (right) were among the stars who attended the funeral of legendary actress Barbara Windsor today

Jane Moore arrives at Golders Green Crematorium in North London for Dame Barbara Windsor's private funeral

David Walliams was one of the stars at the funeral of legendary actress Barbara Windsor today

Jane Moore (left) and David Walliams (right) were among the stars who attended the funeral of iconic actress Barbara Windsor today

Ross Kemp (center) arrives at Golders Green Crematorium in North London for Dame Barbara Windsor's private memorial service

Ross Kemp (center) arrives at Golders Green Crematorium in North London for Dame Barbara Windsor's private memorial service

Dame Barbara Windsor's mourners arrive before a private ceremony at Golders Green Crematorium in North London

Dame Barbara Windsor's mourners arrive before a private ceremony at Golders Green Crematorium in North London

Flower tributes outside the Golders Green Crematorium after the private memorial service for Dame Barbara Windsor today

Flower tributes outside the Golders Green Crematorium after the private memorial service for Dame Barbara Windsor today

Matt Lucas arrives at Golders Green Crematorium in North London for Dame Barbara Windsor's private funeral

Matt Lucas arrives at Golders Green Crematorium in North London for Dame Barbara Windsor's private funeral

David Walliams and Matt Lucas attend the service for Dame Barbara Windsor at Golders Green Crematorium in North London

David Walliams and Matt Lucas attend the service for Dame Barbara Windsor at Golders Green Crematorium in North London

Hair and make-up artist Gary Cockerill arrives at Golders Green Crematorium in north London for Dame Barbara Windsor's private funeral

Hair and make-up artist Gary Cockerill arrives at Golders Green Crematorium in north London for Dame Barbara Windsor's private funeral

Dame Barbara Windsor's coffin is brought to Golders Green Crematorium in North London prior to a private ceremony

Dame Barbara Windsor's coffin is brought to Golders Green Crematorium in North London prior to a private ceremony

Flowers labeled "Saucy" were in the hearse that arrived for the funeral at Golders Green Crematorium this afternoon

Flowers labeled "Saucy" were in the hearse that arrived for the funeral at Golders Green Crematorium this afternoon

Dame Barbara Windsor's mourners arrive before a private ceremony at Golders Green Crematorium in North London

Dame Barbara Windsor's mourners arrive before a private ceremony at Golders Green Crematorium in North London

Flowers labeled "Babs" were in the hearse that arrived for the funeral at Golders Green Crematorium this afternoon

Flowers labeled "Babs" were in the hearse that arrived for the funeral at Golders Green Crematorium this afternoon

David Walliams attends Dame Barbara Windsor's funeral at Golders Green Crematorium in London this afternoon

David Walliams attends Dame Barbara Windsor's funeral at Golders Green Crematorium in London this afternoon

Scott Mitchell watches as the coffin of his late wife, Lady Barbara Windsor, arrives at Golders Green Crematorium

Scott Mitchell watches as the coffin of his late wife, Lady Barbara Windsor, arrives at Golders Green Crematorium

Mourners mingle outside the Golders Green Crematorium in London ahead of Dame Barbara Windsor's funeral

Mourners mingle outside the Golders Green Crematorium in London ahead of Dame Barbara Windsor's funeral

Media representatives await the arrival of the group of British film and television star Barbara Windsor at Golders Green Crematorium in London

Media representatives await the arrival of the group of British film and television star Barbara Windsor at Golders Green Crematorium in London

The entourage of British film and television star Barbara Windsor arrives at Golders Green crematorium in London

The entourage of British film and television star Barbara Windsor arrives at Golders Green crematorium in London

General views during the funeral of Dame Barbara Windsor at Golders Green Crematorium in the early afternoon

General views during the funeral of Dame Barbara Windsor at Golders Green Crematorium in the early afternoon

The coffin of the British film and television star Barbara Windsor is brought to the Golders Green crematorium in London

The coffin of the British film and television star Barbara Windsor is brought to the Golders Green crematorium in London

Mr Mitchell split the order of services for her funeral as Covid restrictions limited the number of mourners who can attend.

He said, “Since Covid has denied so many family members, friends and fans of Barbara the opportunity to properly say goodbye, I wanted to split the order of service so that people are a small part of it.

"My heart goes out to every family that has experienced the same restrictions at their loved ones' funerals."

He added, “I want to thank my family, friends, the media and the public once again for the incredible support and good wishes since Barbara's death.

& # 39; Barbara's condolences page for Alzheimer Research UK has surpassed the £ 150,000 mark. Beyond anything we could have dreamed of. & # 39;

The service, which also included Loose Women’s Jane Moore and EastEnders’s Jamie Borthwick, included tributes to Kemp, Biggins and Dame Barbara's former co-star Anna Karen.

The coffin was brought to Frank Sinatra's On the Sunny Side of the Street in the ceremony and mourners sang hymns to Jerusalem and The Lord is my Shepherd.

The service order included a collection of photos of Dame Barbara throughout her career and personal life, including on the set of EastEnders, with the Queen and in her carry-on films, as well as with her husband.

Dame Barbara's recording of Sparrow's Can & # 39; t Sing from her 1963 film of the same name was played as recession music.

The order of the service ended with the famous topless photo of Lady Barbara from the film Carry On Camping, accompanied by her quote: "This picture will follow me to the end".

Mitchell wrote underneath: & # 39; Yes !!! Rest in peace, my beloved bar, my love forever, Scott xx. & # 39;

The couple have been widely recognized for their work in raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease after the actress published her diagnosis in 2018.

Mr Mitchell arrived in the first hearse at the crematorium, in front of a car with his mother Rita Mitchell, who introduced the couple, and his sister Marsha and brother-in-law Laurence, who make up his covid bladder.

A JustGiving page set up in tribute to Dame Barbara and for the benefit of Alzheimer Research UK has raised more than £ 145,000 and reached more than £ 150,000 with Gift Aid. People have the opportunity to donate instead of flowers.

A true East End legend: How 4ft 10in Barbara Windsor – the cart boy's daughter who married three times and became a friend of the Krays – towered over British show business for more than 60 years

A Cockney icon, decades before she entered Albert Square, Dame Barbara Windsor's off-screen life was three times as colorful as any of the characters she portrayed.

An East End legend from her time with the Krays ordering enemies to get out of my pub – 4ft 10in Babs towered over British show business for more than 60 years.

83-year-old Cockney heroine Dame Barbara Windsor died last month in a London nursing home after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's six years ago.

With her irresistible giggling laugh and signature crop of light blonde hair, she became one of the nation's stars as the buxom blonde in the carry-on films.

After successfully bridging the generation gap, she was later revered for her role as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders, as was Queen Victoria's landlady, who often yelled at villainous drinkers, "Get out of my pub."

She was born Barbara Ann Deeks on August 6, 1937 in Shoreditch, east London, to John, a cart boy, and her tailor mother Rose.

From an early age, Dame Barbara was sent to language lessons by her mother, who once referred to her as "snobby East-Ender".

When she was 15, her parents divorced and she had to testify in court, but her testimony caused her father to leave her. The couple never really resolved their feud.

She later said that the moment "haunted" her for years because she was a "papa girl" and she was unable to share his side of the story.

Dame Barbara Windsor as landlady Peggy Mitchell slaps Frank Butcher (Mike Reid) in Queen Victoria while Pat Evans (Pam St Clement) stands nearby in EastEnders. Peggy's sharp tongue wasn't the only weapon in her arsenal - she also liked to give her enemies a good blow when really annoyed. Several characters have been received over the years. In 2000, Peggy discovered that husband Frank was having an affair with ex-wife Pat and planned to run away with her. Peggy humiliated the couple in front of all the members of the Queen Vic by reading a letter describing their escape plan. "One thing I've learned since I was married to Mr. Butcher is never to underestimate his ability to screw things up," she exclaimed before slapping them both

Dame Barbara Windsor as landlady Peggy Mitchell slaps Frank Butcher (Mike Reid) in Queen Victoria while Pat Evans (Pam St Clement) stands nearby in EastEnders. Peggy's sharp tongue wasn't the only weapon in her arsenal – she also liked to give her enemies a good blow when really annoyed. Several characters have been received over the years. In 2000, Peggy discovered that husband Frank was having an affair with ex-wife Pat and planned to run away with her. Peggy humiliated the couple in front of all the members of the Queen Vic by reading a letter describing their escape plan. "One thing I've learned since I was married to Mr. Butcher is never to underestimate his ability to screw things up," she exclaimed before slapping them both

Barbara Windsor and her husband Ronnie Knight with gangster Reggie Kray (right) and his wife Frances Shea (left) at El Morocco nightclub owned by the Kray Twins on April 30, 1965 in Soho, London

Barbara Windsor and her husband Ronnie Knight with gangster Reggie Kray (right) and his wife Frances Shea (left) at El Morocco nightclub owned by the Kray Twins on April 30, 1965 in Soho, London

Actress Barbara Windsor pours champagne for her husband Ronnie Knight as her mother Rose watches after the first night of Sing a Rude Song at the Garrick Theater in 1970

Actress Barbara Windsor pours champagne for her husband Ronnie Knight as her mother Rose watches after the first night of Sing a Rude Song at the Garrick Theater in 1970

Pictured in Carry On Camping in 1969

Dane Barbara on Eastenders

Pictured in Carry On Camping 1969 (left) and on Eastenders (right). Dame Barbara had a brilliant career in show business and was also known for her portrayal of "Good Time Girl" in the Carry On series between 1964 and 1974

Dame Barbara with Carry on Again Doctor with Jim Dale and Hattie Jacques

Dame Barbara with Carry on Again Doctor with Jim Dale and Hattie Jacques

Barbara Windsor "Further Abroad", 1972

Carrying on with Sid James abroad

Barbara Windsor in "Carry on Abroad", 1972 and alongside Sid James in the same film (right). She married Ronnie Knight, an associate of notorious criminals Ronald and Reginald Kray, in 1964, but during their marriage Dame Barbara had a well-known affair with Carry On co-star Sid James.

Barbara (pictured as a child) was born in Shoreditch to a fruit and vegetable cart seller and seamstress

Barbara (pictured as a child) was born in Shoreditch to a fruit and vegetable cart seller and seamstress

Barbara (pictured as a child) was born in Shoreditch to a fruit and vegetable cart seller and seamstress

Dame Barbara's first film appearance was in The Belles Of St Trinians in 1954, but it wasn't until her appearances in the Carry On films that she gained national fame.

PEGGY MITCHELLS ICONIC MOMENTS ON EASTENDERS

Breast cancer battle

The pint-sized customs officer battled breast cancer in 1996 and 1999 when she opted for a mastectomy.

Hundreds of viewers wrote to the BBC praising Dame Barbara and EastEnders for the way in which the difficult subject was approached.

Face slaps

Peggy's sharp tongue wasn't the only weapon in her arsenal – she also liked to give her enemies a good blow when really annoyed.

Several characters have been received over the years.

In 2000, Peggy discovered that husband Frank Butcher (Mike Reid) was having an affair with ex-wife Pat (Pam St Clement) and planned to run away with her.

Peggy humiliated the couple in front of all the members of the Queen Vic by reading a letter describing their escape plan.

"One thing I've learned since I was married to Mr. Butcher is never to underestimate his ability to screw things up," she exclaimed before slapping them both.

The baseball bat

Peggy had high hopes for a fun family Christmas after learning about Frank and Pat, but her plans went wrong.

Alone in the pub, she took out her frustration with the furnishings and smashed everything with a baseball bat.

Peggy versus Chrissie

One of Peggy's greatest moments came after her daughter Sam was blamed for the murder of Den Watts (Leslie Grantham) by his wife Chrissie (Tracy-Ann Oberman).

When Peggy discovered the truth, she rushed to the grave and shouted, "Chrissie Watts! Killer! & # 39;

Then she pounced on Chrissie and shoved her into her husband's grave.

“Tell them you're sorry! Tell the & # 39; Peggy screeched.

Boris Johnson visits Walford

In 2009, Peggy went to talk to the Mayor of London about trash and if he didn't show up she swore she would give him some of my thoughts if she ever saw him.

But soon afterwards Johnson wandered into the Vic and Peggy quickly changed her tune.

She looked a little struck by a star and raved: “I admire a man who devotes his life to the service of society. I almost got into politics myself, you know? & # 39;

The fire

In 2010 a mad Phil (Steve McFadden) set the Queen Vic on fire.

Peggy escaped but was devastated.

The flame caused her to take stock of her life and she decided to leave Albert Square.

“Go on, I'm fine. Go on, darling, go back inside, ”urged Phil as she walked away.

Peggy's death

In 2016, Peggy overdosed after bringing news to son Grant (Ross Kemp) that her cancer had returned and had been "properly controlled".

In a poignant final scene, after smelling cigarette smoke throughout the episode, Peggy hallucinated the return of her former love rival Pat Butcher (Pam St Clement), who blew away in thick pink lipstick and earrings that rattled like Marley's bleeding chains & # 39 ;.

Peggy spoke to her friend, who died in the soap in 2012, "I'm being eaten alive and it hurts and I can't wait."

She added, "I'll go like I lived: straight back, head up, like a queen."

On the star's debut in the comedy series, she starred alongside Bernard Cribbins in Carry On Spying in 1964.

She appeared in nine of the 31 Carry On films, but was mostly associated with Carry On Camping and the memorable and high risk scene of her bikini top popping off during an exercise routine.

With her blonde hair and infectious giggles, the 4ft 10ins star immediately became popular with audiences before making her final appearance in Carry On Dick in 1974.

She later said she was typed after she appeared in the films.

"Years after the end, nobody would give me a role that I played in my age," she told the Daily Express in 2007.

"People would get tunnel vision and only see the carry-on films."

Other roles over the years have included a small role in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang alongside Dick Van Dyke, Ken Russell's The Boy Friend and On The Fiddle with Sean Connery.

In addition to her film career, Dame Barbara was known for stepping on the boards after making her stage debut at the age of 13 before getting her first West End role in Love From Judy in 1952.

She also starred on Broadway in a production of Oh, What A Lovely War !, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award.

Years later, Dame Barbara rose to fame again when she made her EastEnders debut as Peggy Mitchell in 1994. On screen alongside Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden as their fictional sons Grant and Phil and Mike Reid as husband Frank Butcher.

As a beloved member of the cast, she has been the centerpiece of many of the soap's most famous storylines.

In Peggy's storylines, she initiated a hate campaign against HIV-positive Mark Fowler, played by Todd Carty. She began an affair with Frank Butcher, fought cat fights with his ex-wife Pat, escaped two failed marriages, and lost and gained ownership of the Queen Vic pub countless times.

When her character developed breast cancer, she wrote a lot of advice to viewers who contacted her about their own problems with the disease.

In 2003, Dame Barbara suffered an Epstein-Barr virus attack that forced her to take a break from EastEnders from 2003 to 2005. In 2004 she briefly returned for two episodes.

In 2009, Dame Barbara announced that she was leaving the soap for good to spend more time with her third husband, Scott Mitchell, whom she married in 2000 and who was 25 years her junior.

The following year, her character quit the soap after a fire in her pub.

She made a few appearances over the years before repeating the role one last time in 2016, where it was announced that Peggy would be killed after losing her battle with breast cancer.

Her final scenes aired in May 2016 in an emotional episode that made viewers cry.

Her appearances as Peggy earned her numerous awards, including Best Actress at the British Soap Awards 1999 and Best Exit at the Inside Soap Awards 2016.

However, she received her most prestigious accolade in 2016 when she was named Lady by The Queen for her services to charity and entertainment.

At the time, she said, “I am very honored, proud, and extremely humble at this honor.

“I feel so lucky to live in a country that I love. A job that I've always loved and that has enabled me to be in a position where I can help others.

“For an East End girl born into a working class family and evacuee during World War II, this is really like a dream. I am so happy and blessed to say it's real.

In addition to her EastEnders role, which dominated her later years, she voiced Mallymkun the Dormouse in Tim Burton's live-action adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and in 2016 in Alice Through The Looking Glass.

In 2017, the BBC aired a biopic film called Babs, which recorded her rise to fame. It was written by EastEnders screenwriter Tony Jordan and features Jaime Winstone and Samantha Spiro as younger versions of the star.

She said looking back and reliving the greatest moments of her life was "a very emotional experience for me".

"I managed to do it without completely collapsing, but in the end I got up and walked out of the room and had a good scream," she added.

One of Dame Barbara's most famous scenes was Carry On Camping in 1969 when her bikini top flew off in the middle of an exercise class

Dame Barbara in Aladdin at the age of 20

One of Dame Barbara's most famous scenes was the 1969 Carry On Camping when her bikini top flew off in the middle of an exercise class (left). Right: Dame Barbara in Aladdin at the age of 20

Windsor in Carry on Again Doctor in 1969

Windsor in Carry on Again Doctor im Jahr 1969

Windsor spielt 1969 in dem risikoreichen Film Carry on Again Doctor

Windsor spielt 1969 in dem risikoreichen Film Carry on Again Doctor

Barbara Windsor in Carry on Again Doctor im Jahr 1969

Barbara Windsor in Carry on Again Doctor im Jahr 1969

Die Dame (abgebildet in Carry On Abroad) war ebenfalls ein selbsternannter "Tory und leidenschaftlicher Nationalist" und erklärte einmal, dass jeder, der zum Gedenktag keine Mohnblume trug, "abhauen" sollte.

Die Dame (abgebildet in Carry On Abroad) war ebenfalls ein selbsternannter "Tory und leidenschaftlicher Nationalist" und erklärte einmal, dass jeder, der zum Gedenktag keine Mohnblume trug, "abhauen" sollte.

Barbara Windsor und Sid James spielen 1971 in Carry on Henry

Barbara Windsor und Sid James spielen 1971 in Carry on Henry

Die Königin besuchte 2001 die Elstree Studios, in denen EastEnders gedreht wird. Dort traf sie Dame Barbara, die Peggy Mitchell spielte

Die Königin besuchte 2001 die Elstree Studios, in denen EastEnders gedreht wird. Dort traf sie Dame Barbara, die Peggy Mitchell spielte

Dame Barbara spielte Peggy Mitchell (im Bild) von 1994 bis zu ihrer endgültigen Abreise im Jahr 2016 auf der Seife

Dame Barbara spielte Peggy Mitchell (im Bild) von 1994 bis zu ihrer endgültigen Abreise im Jahr 2016 auf der Seife

Windsor als Daphne Honeybutt in Carry On Spying im Jahr 1964

Posieren für ein riskantes Neujahrs-Shooting im Jahr 1969

Windsor als Daphne Honeybutt in Carry On Spying im Jahr 1964 (rechts) und posiert für ein riskantes Neujahrs-Shooting im Jahr 1969 (links)

Die britische Schauspielerin Barbara Windsor posiert mit ihren Insignien, als sie mit ihrem Ehemann Scott Mitchell für ein Foto posiert, nachdem sie im März 2016 zur Dame Commander des Ordens des British Empire (DBE) ernannt wurde

Die britische Schauspielerin Barbara Windsor posiert mit ihren Insignien, als sie mit ihrem Ehemann Scott Mitchell für ein Foto posiert, nachdem sie im März 2016 zur Dame Commander des Ordens des British Empire (DBE) ernannt wurde

Peggy Mitchell, gespielt von Barbara Windsor, in ihrer berühmtesten Rolle. Sie eroberte die Herzen der Nation mit ihrer Leistung als Wirtin des Queen Victoria Pubs und Mutter von Grant und Phil Mitchell (gespielt von Ross Kemp und Steve McFadden).

Peggy Mitchell, played by Barbara Windsor, in her most famous role. She captured the hearts of the nation with her performance as the landlady of the Queen Victoria pub and mother of Grant and Phil Mitchell (played by Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden)

Barbara Windsor posing for a promotional photo in 1961

Barbara Windsor, waving farewell before leaving London Airport for her first ever visit to the United States in 1963

Barbara Windsor posing for a promotional photo in 1961 (left) and waving farewell before leaving London Airport for her first ever visit to the United States in 1963

Much of what was shown in the film focused on her showbiz career, which had been dogged by heartache – from her strained relationship with her father to her relationship woes.

While happily married to former actor and recruitment consultant Mr Mitchell in her later years, the actress had a more turbulent personal life before settling down with him.

She married Ronnie Knight, an associate of the notorious criminals Ronald and Reginald Kray, in 1964, but during their marriage, Dame Barbara had a well-publicised affair with her Carry On co-star Sid James.

She divorced Knight 21 years after they married when he fled to Spain, wanted by police in connection with the £6 million Security Express robbery in 1983.

In 1986 she married chef Stephen Hollings, 20 years her junior. They opened a pub together in Amersham in Buckinghamshire, but divorced after nine years.

She married Mr Mitchell in 2000, after first meeting him in 1992.

Dame Barbara never had children and spoke openly about having had five abortions, but in 2017 she said that she did not regret not becoming a mother.

'I consider myself to be a warm and lovely person but I never had any maternal feelings,' she told The Sun in 2017.

Dame Barbara Windsor attends a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of comedian Ronnie Corbett at Westminster Abbey on June 7, 2017 in London

Dame Barbara in Carry on Girls in 1973

Dame Barbara Windsor (pictured left) attends a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of comedian Ronnie Corbett at Westminster Abbey on June 7, 2017 in London. Pictured right she appears in Carry on Girls in 1973

The EastEnders star with David Walliams and his mother. In 2016, Barbara won the Outstanding Contribution Award at the TV Choice Awards, and Best Exit at the Inside Soap Awards, for her portrayal of Peggy's death.

The EastEnders star with David Walliams and his mother. In 2016, Barbara won the Outstanding Contribution Award at the TV Choice Awards, and Best Exit at the Inside Soap Awards, for her portrayal of Peggy's death.

Outside of the showbiz world she was made a Dame (pictured) in the Years Honours List in 2016 for her services to charity and entertainment

Outside of the showbiz world she was made a Dame (pictured) in the Years Honours List in 2016 for her services to charity and entertainment

Both Dame Barbara and her husband campaigned to raise awareness of Alzheimer's following her diagnosis. In 2019, she delivered a letter to Boris Johnson (pictured meeting the PM) pleading for better dementia provisions for sufferers

Both Dame Barbara and her husband campaigned to raise awareness of Alzheimer's following her diagnosis. In 2019, she delivered a letter to Boris Johnson (pictured meeting the PM) pleading for better dementia provisions for sufferers

Mr Johnson kisses television actor Barbara Windsor during a meeting in London on September 2, 2019

Mr Johnson kisses television actor Barbara Windsor during a meeting in London on September 2, 2019

Barbara Windsor in Carry on Dick in 1974

Carry on Camping in 1969

Barbara Windsor in Carry on Dick in 1974 (left) and in Carry on Camping in 1969

Barbara Windsor (right) and Pam St Clement as they look back on the good old days to celebrate the 30th anniversary of EastEnders

Barbara Windsor (right) and Pam St Clement as they look back on the good old days to celebrate the 30th anniversary of EastEnders

Barbara Windsor in Carry on Doctor in 1968. Doctor Tinkle presides over the wards at Borough County Hospital, where patients, doctors and nurses alike all harbour hidden passions for each other. His stern demeanour is disrupted by the arrival of Nurse Sandra May (Windsor), a young woman from his past who raises the blood pressure of the entire male hospital population. His underhand plots with the matron to dismiss one of the more popular doctors inspire, of all things, a patients' revolt!

Barbara Windsor in Carry on Doctor in 1968. Doctor Tinkle presides over the wards at Borough County Hospital, where patients, doctors and nurses alike all harbour hidden passions for each other. His stern demeanour is disrupted by the arrival of Nurse Sandra May (Windsor), a young woman from his past who raises the blood pressure of the entire male hospital population. His underhand plots with the matron to dismiss one of the more popular doctors inspire, of all things, a patients' revolt!

Composer Lionel Bart encouraging Barbara Windsor during dress rehearsals for Twang! in 1965

Composer Lionel Bart encouraging Barbara Windsor during dress rehearsals for Twang! in 1965

Starring in Carry on Camping in 1969

With co-star Sid James welcoming guests to a party for ITV's Christmas performers at the New London Theatre

Starring in Carry on Camping in 1969 (left) and with co-star Sid James welcoming guests to a party for ITV's Christmas performers at the New London Theatre

In May 2018, Mr Mitchell revealed in an interview that Dame Barbara had been living with Alzheimer's after being diagnosed in April 2014.

In August 2020 Mr Mitchell revealed that Dame Barbara had been moved to a care home as she struggled with her advancing dementia.

A heartbroken Mr Mitchell said the former EastEnders star left the couple's home in mid-July.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: 'I feel I'm on an emotional rollercoaster. I walk around, trying to keep busy, then burst into tears. It feels like a bereavement.

'It's always been my biggest fear, that one day I would have to take her somewhere and she'd be thinking, 'Why would he do this to me?'

'That fear has become a reality. It's something I never wanted.'

Barbara Windsor starring in Carry on Abroad in 1972

Barbara Windsor starring in Carry on Abroad in 1972

Barbara Windsor and Jim Dale in Carry on Again Doctor in 1969

Barbara Windsor and Jim Dale in Carry on Again Doctor in 1969

Barbara Windsor and Kenneth Williams in Carry on Doctor in 1968

Barbara Windsor and Kenneth Williams in Carry on Doctor in 1968

'Carry On Girls' Film with Barbara Windsor and Sid James

'Carry On Girls' Film Bernard Bresslaw and Barbara Windsor

Windsor with Sid James (left) and Bernard Bresslaw in Carry On Girls, 1973

The actress in 'Carry on Dick' in 1974. Outside of the showbiz world She was a fervent campaigner for the NHS and for many years was the face of the annual British legion appeal and an ambassador for Age UK

The actress in 'Carry on Dick' in 1974. Outside of the showbiz world She was a fervent campaigner for the NHS and for many years was the face of the annual British legion appeal and an ambassador for Age UK

Barbara's husband Scott Mitchell revealed how his wife began to cry in the neurologist's office when they were given the bad news in April 2014

Barbara's husband Scott Mitchell revealed how his wife began to cry in the neurologist's office when they were given the bad news in April 2014

Mr Mitchell, Dame Barbara's husband of 20 years, said she had moved to a care home in London and he had decorated her room to make it as welcoming as possible.

The actress and Mr Mitchell campaigned throughout her illness to raise awareness, and in 2019 they visited Downing Street for a meeting about dementia – during which she showed off her cheeky side by asking Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a kiss.

Dame Barbara delivered a letter signed by 100,000 people to Mr Johnson pleading for better care for fellow sufferers.

Mr Johnson held the ailing actress' hand as they sat in the garden, discussing the limitations of dementia care in the UK.

Dame Barbara as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders - along with her on-screen sons Grant Mitchell (played by Ross Kemp) and Phil Mitchell (played by Steve McFadden)

Dame Barbara as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders – along with her on-screen sons Grant Mitchell (played by Ross Kemp) and Phil Mitchell (played by Steve McFadden)

Barbara Windsor poses and smiles for the camera with Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly at the Bafta Awards in London in 2000

Barbara Windsor poses and smiles for the camera with Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly at the Bafta Awards in London in 2000

Barbara Windsor and David Walliams during Matt Lucas & Kevin McGee - Civil Partnership - Reception in London

Barbara Windsor and David Walliams during Matt Lucas & Kevin McGee – Civil Partnership – Reception in London

Windsor and Jimmy Logan in Carry on Abroad

Windsor and Jimmy Logan in Carry on Abroad

Joan Sims and Barbara Windsor in Carry on Christmas

Joan Sims and Barbara Windsor in Carry on Christmas

Windsor in Carry on Abroad

Windsor in Carry on Abroad

Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor in Carry on Christmas

Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor in Carry on Christmas

Barbara Windsor in her dressing room preparing for her part in 'Oh! What a Lovely War' at the Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, New York City, 6th November 1964

Barbara Windsor in her dressing room preparing for her part in 'Oh! What a Lovely War' at the Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, New York City, 6th November 1964

Barbara Windsor in Carry on Doctor, 1968

Barbara Windsor in Carry on Doctor, 1968

At the end of their afternoon chat, Dame Barbara turned to the Conservative leader and asked: 'Can I have a kiss?'.

Among those supporting her since her diagnosis was her close friend and former EastEnders co-star Ross Kemp.

Kemp, who played Grant Mitchell on Albert Square for more than 25 years alongside Dame Barbara as his on-screen mother, went on to make an ITV programme called Living With Dementia.

In the programme, which aired in June 2020, Kemp, 56, explained that her illness was the reason he decided to explore the disease on screen.

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