BARBARA Windsor has cemented herself as one of the UK's national treasures thanks in part to her incredible career in both TV and film.
The star continues to battle Alzheimer's since her 2014 diagnosis.
How old is Barbara Windsor?
English actress Dame Barbara Windsor DBE (Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) was born Barbara Ann Deeks on August 6, 1937 making her 82.
She took the stage name Windsor in 1953, inspired by the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
She is best known for her appearances in the series of Carry On films and for playing pub landlord Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders.
Her first regular TV role came in 1961 in The Rag Trade where she played Gloria, before returning as Judy in 1963.
Dame Barbara Windsor married her husband Scott Mitchell on April 8, 2000.
When did Barbara Windsor become a dame?
Barbara Windsor was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to charity and entertainment.
Dame Barbara Windsor has worked very closely with many charities, most famously the Amy Winehouse Foundation which was created after the death of her late friend Amy Winehouse.
A Damehood is the female equivalent to a Knighthood. It's the most senior honour in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, which was created in 1917 by King George V.
The order comprises five classes across both civil and military divisions, and many dames hold other honours (such as an OBE or an MBE) before receiving their damehood.
When was Barbara Windsor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s?
On May 10, 2018, it was confirmed that the Carry On legend had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
The icon reportedly had been taking medication to help manage the degenerative brain disease, but her symptoms of memory loss and confusion have grown steadily worse.
Her husband Scott revealed the details of her condition in an exclusive, unpaid interview with The Sun.
On May 11, 2018, Scott revealed that Barbara sometimes forgets they are married.
On October 8, 2018 Barbara made her first appearance on camera since her diagnosis to urge people to run next year’s London Marathon for the Dementia Revolution and Scott revealed the details on their life since her diagnosis in another exclusive interview with The Sun.
Later, on January 8, 2019, Scott went on Good Morning Britain and said that the EastEnders legend doesn't recognise their own house.
On June 18, 2020, Scott revealed that Barbara's condition has worsened and that she will have leave their marital home to move into a care home.
Barbara Windsor made a name for herself in the Carry On films
When was Barbara Windsor in EastEnders?
Barbara became an instant hit when she joined the cast of EastEnders as the feisty Peggy Mitchell in 1994.
She played the matriarch of the Mitchell family and the no-nonsense landlady of the Queen Vic, with her famous line: "Get out of my pub!"
She continued the role until a debilitating case of the Epstein-Barr virus forced a two-year absence from the role between 2003 and 2005.
She rejoined the cast in mid-2005, initially on a one-year contract, though this was later extended.
In October 2009 Barbara announced she was to quit Albert Square, saying she wanted to spend more time with her husband.
In 2013 she returned for one episode and did the same again in 2014 and 2015.
Her last appearance aired on May 17, 2016, in a tear-jerking episode when her character took her own life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
How did Barbara Windsor find fame?
After starting acting at an early age, Barbara came to real prominence with her portrayals of a "good time girl" in nine Carry On films.
Her first was Carry On Spying in 1964 and her final role was in Carry On Dick in 1974.
She also appeared in several Carry On television and compilation specials between 1964 and 1977.
One of her most iconic scenes was in Carry On Camping in 1969, where her bikini top flew off during outdoor aerobic exercises.
From 1973 to 1975 she appeared with several of the Carry On team in the West End revue Carry On London.
Who is Barbara Windsor’s husband and who are her ex-husbands?
Barbara has been married three times.
Her first marriage was to small-time gangster Ronnie Knight, who was an associate of the notorious Kray twins.
Barbara claimed she had no idea what the gangland villain did for a living, or why he had so much cash to throw around.
Her mother hated him, though, and offered Ronnie £200 — her life savings — to leave her daughter alone.
After they divorced, she married Stephen Hollings, a chef and restaurateur in 1986 but they divorced in 1995.
When she was 55 she met 28-year-old Scott Mitchell and they married in 2000 and the pair have been together ever since.
It is reported that Babs had a one night stand with Reggie Kray before she married Ronnie Knight.
She met the Kray twins and their brother Charlie when they paid her a visit backstage at a club she was singing at in Soho, London.
It's also claimed she dated two of them.
While married to Ronnie (Knight), she had a well-publicised affair with her Carry On co-star Sid James.
During the 1960s, she also had a brief relationship with footballer George Best.
What has Barbara Windsor said about not having children?
Barbara has admitted to The Sun that she regrets having five pregnancies aborted.
She told us: “I knew it was wrong, against what you should do.”
She had her first termination aged 20 after falling pregnant to her first serious boyfriend, a little-known singer called Cliff Lawrence. Four more followed, the last aged 42.
We asked her if she regretted not having children, to which she replied: “No. I consider myself to be a warm and lovely person but I never had any maternal feelings.
"Neither did my mother, so that message was constantly fed to me as a child.”
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