Barbara Windsor

Born Aug 6, 1937

Barbara Ann Windsor, MBE, better known by her stage name Barbara Windsor, is an English actress. Her best known roles are in the Carry On films and as Peggy Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Born in Shoreditch, London in 1937, Windsor was the only child of John Deeks, a costermonger, and his wife, formerly Rose Ellis, a dressmaker. Windsor is of English and Irish ancestry.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Barbara Windsor.


1937 Birth Windsor was born in Shoreditch, London, in 1937 (her birth was registered in Stepney), the only child of John Deeks, a costermonger, and his wife, Rose (née Ellis), a dressmaker. … Read More


1950 12 Years Old Windsor began her career on stage in 1950 at the age of 13 and made her film debut in The Belles of St Trinian's (1954). … Read More
1952 14 Years Old Her mother paid for her to have elocution lessons, and she trained at the Aida Foster School in Golders Green, making her stage debut at 13 and her West End debut in 1952 in the chorus of the musical Love From Judy.
1953 15 Years Old She took the stage name Windsor in 1953, inspired by the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
1954 16 Years Old Her first film role was in The Belles of St Trinian's released in 1954. … Read More


1964 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Windsor 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 Carry On film acting role was in Carry On Dick in 1974.
1965 27 Years Old She also starred on Broadway in the Theatre Workshop's Oh, What a Lovely War! and received a 1965 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. … Read More


1970 32 Years Old In 1970 she landed the role of music hall legend Marie Lloyd in the musical-biopic Sing A Rude Song.
1972 34 Years Old In 1972 she appeared in the West End in Tony Richardson's The Threepenny Opera with his then wife, Vanessa Redgrave.
1975 37 Years Old In 1975, she toured the UK, New Zealand and South Africa in her own show, Carry On Barbara!, and followed this with the role of Maria in Twelfth Night at the Chichester Festival Theatre.


1981 43 Years Old In 1981 she played sex-mad landlady Kath in Joe Orton's black comedy Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Lyric Hammersmith, directed by her friend Kenneth Williams.


1993 55 Years Old She reprised the role for a national tour in 1993. … Read More


1999 61 Years Old She took over the role of Peggy Mitchell (previously played by Jo Warne in 1991), for which she received the "Best Actress" award at 1999 British Soap Awards and a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 2009 event. … Read More
2005 67 Years Old 1 More Event
She rejoined the cast in mid-2005, initially on a one-year contract, though this was later extended. … Read More
2009 71 Years Old In October 2009 Windsor announced she was to leave her role as Peggy Mitchell, saying she wanted to spend more time with her husband.
2010 72 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In August 2010, she was given the Freedom of the City of London, and in November 2010, she was honoured by the City of Westminster at a tree planting and plaque ceremony.
2011 73 Years Old …  She appeared as herself in one episode of Come Fly with Me in January 2011. … Read More
2015 77 Years Old In December 2015 it was leaked that she is to be made a Dame in the New Year Honours list.
…  Her character's final appearances were broadcast in May 2016.
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