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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 Born on August 6, 1937.


1952 14 Years Old 1 More Event
Windsor began her career on stage at the age of 13 and made her West End debut in 1952. … Read More
1954 16 Years Old Her first film role was in The Belles of St Trinian's in 1954.


1963 25 Years Old She joined Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, coming to prominence in their stage production Fings Ain't Wot They Used to Be and Littlewood's film Sparrers Can't Sing in 1963, achieving a BAFTA nomination for Best British Film Actress.
She also appeared in the 1964 film comedy Crooks in Cloisters, the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and in the sitcoms The Rag Trade and Wild, Wild Women. … Read More
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 The British Soap Awards in 1999 and a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the same source in 2009. … 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 quit 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.
2012 74 Years Old In 2012, she became a patron of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, and in November 2014, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of East London. … Read More
2014 76 Years Old She again returned for a single episode on 25 September 2014, and made a further appearance for EastEnders 30th anniversary on 17 February 2015. … Read More
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