Barbara Windsor
Actress
Barbara Windsor
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.
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Barbara Windsor and Siân Phillips made dames in honours list
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
OBEs for Idris Elba, David Oyelowo, Damon Albarn and James Nesbitt; CBEs for Imelda Staunton, Peter Morgan and Beryl Vertue Related: New Year's honours 2016: the full list Two of the UK’s best known actors, Siân Phillips and Barbara Windsor, are made dames in the New Year honours. Continue reading...
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Kate Middleton Slimmer Than Ever at London Poppy Day Event With Prince William: Pictures
US Magazine - over 3 years
What is Duchess Kate's secret?! With Prince William at her side, Kate Middleton greeted staff at volunteers at Kensington Palace in London on Thursday, Nov. 7 for London Poppy Day. Befitting the day's "poppy" theme, the new mum, 31, wore a long red coat that was belted at the waist and emphasized her svelte, slim frame -- which appears to be more or less back to its pre-baby shape less than four months after Middleton gave birth to son Prince George. PHOTOS: Kate's amazing post-baby evolution For the event, Kate and William, also 31, rode aboard a 1960s-era Routemaster bus and chatted with actress Barbara Windsor and folks from the Royal British Legion Poppy Day Appeal. With 2,000 uniformed personnel, veterans and supporters out and about at London tube and train stations across London's mass transit network -- collecting donations and putting on military performances -- London Poppy Day hopes to raise 1 million British pounds in a single day for the British Royal Legion ...
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Review: First class Italian food served in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere
Bucks Free Press - over 4 years
THE Plough at Winchmore Hill is still known for being run by Eastenders star Barbara Windsor, even though it has been years since she has been there. After two years of being closed new owner Raffaele Mercurio is hoping it will soon be known for quality, fresh Italian food, made with produce from the area. It also has a village shop, a cosy bar and a large restaurant.
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Agent: Victor Spinetti, actor who appeared in several Beatles movies, dies at 82
Fox News - over 4 years
Victor Spinetti, a comic actor who appeared in three Beatles movies and won a Tony on Broadway, has died, his agent said Tuesday. He was 82. Spinetti died Tuesday morning after suffering from cancer for several years, said Barry Burnett, the actor's close friend and agent. Spinetti won a Tony award in 1965 for his Broadway performance in "Oh, What a Lovely War," but became most well-known for his appearances in the Beatles movies "A Hard Day's Night," ''Help," and "Magical Mystery Tour." At a London Beatles Day event in 2010, Spinetti said he was included in the cast of "A Hard Day's Night" at George Harrison's insistence. "He said, 'you gotta be in all our films otherwise me mum wouldn't come and see 'em, because she fancies you,'" Spinetti said. "That was why I was in." On another occasion, he told how his association with the Beatles disrupted the opening night of "Oh, What a Lovely War." ...
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MoD - Armed Forces Day preparations underway
De Havilland - almost 5 years
Final preparations are underway for the nation to come together to celebrate 2012's Armed Forces Day. Report by Lorraine McBride. The flagship venue for this year's Armed Forces Day event, which takes place on 30 June, is Plymouth. Last year an estimated 100,000 people enjoyed celebrations in Edinburgh, the city chosen as the focal point for the national event. Meanwhile hundreds of thousands more supported Armed Forces Day across various locations up and down the UK. As always, the event aims to raise awareness of the contribution made to Britain by those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces. Secondly, it allows the nation to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. Across the UK, communities are encouraged to get involved and will hold local events. Last month, the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councill ...
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A career with the stars
Hartlepool Mail - almost 5 years
WHEN Julie Richardson went out carol singing as an 11-year-old, little did she know it would be the start of a love affair with showbusiness. Within a year, Julie was playing the pubs and clubs in her home town of Mexborough, in South Yorkshire – experience which would come in extremely handy in years to come as she toured the world playing alongside some of the biggest names in showbiz. As a school pupil Julie had no idea she would become friends with some of Britain’s most famous comic stars. In fact, her only ever-so-slight link to a celebrity back in those days was that she went to school with the cousin of Brian Blessed. Back in those days Julie, like any other aspiring teenage singer, would have scoffed at any suggestion that 10 years later she would find herself performing at gigs alongside the likes of Jimmy Savile, Bob Monkhouse and Roy Castle. But that’s exactly what she ended up doing. From Filey to Turkey and South Africa to Thomson holiday camps throughout Europe, Ju ...
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Double Crossword
Scotsman - almost 5 years
Choice of cryptic or quick puzzle, and (just in case you’ve been wracking your brains) yesterday’s solutions. Cryptic puzzle Across 1. Girl finds the right changing-hut (4) 3. Own-goal in tie made collectively (8) 8. A side of meat, perhaps (4) 9. Somehow lap drink to friendship (8) 11. Barnum and Bailey at university in London (6,6) 13. Money on account leads to stress (6) 14. Barbara Windsor? (6) 17. Concentrate on a petty nation’s troubles (3,9) 20. Horserace you could put a grand on (8) 21. The French ship carries a smaller amount (4) 22. To rag Ted about getting killed (8) 23. Dust gathers on the farm (4) Down 1. A tailor being confused about first names is logical (8) 2. Trade in vehicles? (7) 4. Time the backward company got forward (6) 5. English tennis is confused with art but it provides amusement (10) 6. Back the upper-class Indian (5) 7. Religious instruction at church for the well-off (4) 10. Turn the boat around and make things happen (5,5) 12. ...
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Evening News Caption Competition - 19/04/2012
Scotsman - almost 5 years
What’s Barbara Windsor grinning at? The Evening News caption competition couldn’t be simpler to enter. All you have to do is log on to edinburghnews.com and post your caption. You’ll need to register if you’ve not posted a comment on the website before. We’ll be featuring our favourite suggestion for today’s picture in tomorrow’s paper. Yesterday’s winner “Do it again, Barack. Whenever wherever, I’m addicted to you.” Condor Man
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EastEnders: Jamie Foreman to join show as its worst-ever baddie - Mirror.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Jamie, who has starred in hits including Nil By Mouth, Layer Cake and Oliver Twist, is close friends with Barbara Windsor and Patsy Kensit. His ex-wife is former EastEnders star Carol Harrison, Tiffany Mitchell's scheming mother Louise
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Robbie Williams secret penchant for bingo - heatworld
Google News - over 5 years
We can easily picture Sharon Osbourne or Denise Van Outen sitting down for a game of bingo – and let's not forget Barbara Windsor, who recently starred in the Jackpotjoy TV adverts. Then there's Ricky Tomlinson, who released The Bingo Song in 2007 to
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CRUSADE TO AID RIOT VICTIMS TOPS £250K - Express.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
TV actress Barbara Windsor has already backed the crusade but showed her ongoing support by posing with our Crusade logo at London's Trafalgar Hotel. Barbara, 74, said yesterday: “I am a British girl through and through and think the rioting is awful
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David Walliams throws a 40th birthday party, loads of celebs turn up… - Mr Paparazzi
Google News - over 5 years
Come to think of it Barbara Windsor probably had a bit of a perv too. Kris Humphries has officially made an honest woman out of Kim Kardashian. Well, he's gone and married her at least. The reality ... Well, the Celebrity Big Brother line-up was very
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N-Dubz Tulisa horses around on stage - Mirror.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
... when performing in Burnley with the rest of N-Dubz. Rein it in a bit, love, or you'll never stay the course. As Tulisa horsed around on stage, Nicki Minaj went for the full Barbara Windsor look to host a Super Bass night at Toronto's Luxy Nightclub
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Barbara Windsor Just Avoids Wardrobe Malfunction - Contactmusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
Barbara Windsor recently just managed to avoid a Janet Jackson-style wardrobe malfunction, at the opening of a new pop-up restaurant in London. According to the Belfast Telegraph, the former Carry On. and Eastenders star's top popped open just moments
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Roger Butlin - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
During his career in theatre and opera he worked with everyone from Barbara Windsor to Janet Baker. The signature of Butlin's designs was a restrained, subtle beauty which often drew on the classical world. His attention to detail was painstaking,
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JackpotJoy Unveils Brand New Series of TV Adverts - Bingo Social (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
JackpotJoy has recently announced it will be releasing a further series of advertisements featuring Carry On and EastEnders star Barbara Windsor. The Queen of Bingo will be the centre of the show and Bingo Social has been tipped off that her dress
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Appliance store holds ribbon-cutting ceremony - So Md News
Google News - over 5 years
Submitted photo Helen Heier, left, Pauleen Brewer, Melissa Clemens, Barbara Sellner, Christy Oliff, Les Gooding, Carlos Montague, Robin Hartman, Barbara Windsor, Debbie Clemens and Darlene Breck celebrate the opening of The Appliance Source in
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Barbara Windsor
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 78
    She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to charity and to entertainment.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Windsor has been active in the following theatre productions:
    She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to charity and entertainment.
    More Details Hide Details Windsor has made appearances at some of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Services to remember the 173 who died in the disaster at Bethnal Green tube station on 3 March 1943. Windsor has married three times:
    Her last appearance aired on BBC One on 17 May 2016.
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    Her character's final appearances were broadcast in May 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 77
    In December 2015 it was leaked that she is to be made a Dame in the New Year Honours list.
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  • 2011
    Age 73
    She appeared as herself in one episode of Come Fly with Me in January 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Also, since 2011 she has regularly stood in for Elaine Paige on her BBC Radio 2 show on Sunday afternoons between 1.00pm and 3.00pm but from 2014, Windsor was given her own series on the radio station called Ladies Of Song. She reprised her voice role of the Dormouse in the film Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).
  • 2010
    Age 72
    On 10 September 2010 her character left Albert Square after a fire at the Queen Victoria pub, of which she was the owner.
    More Details Hide Details In July 2013, it was announced that Windsor was to return for one episode, which aired on 20 September 2013. She again returned for a single episode on 25 September 2014, and made a further appearance for EastEnders 30th anniversary on 17 February 2015. In February 2015, Windsor, alongside Pam St. Clement (Pat Butcher), took part in EastEnders: Back to Ours to celebrate 30 years of EastEnders. Windsor and Clement looked back on some of their characters' most dramatic moments. In November 2015, Windsor secretly filmed a return EastEnders, which was shown in January 2016. After this, it was confirmed that the character would be killed off later in the year. This was Windsor's decision, as she said that as long as Peggy was alive, she would always be drawn back to playing her.
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 71
    In October 2009 Windsor announced she was to leave her role as Peggy Mitchell, saying she wanted to spend more time with her husband.
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  • 2005
    Age 67
    She was seen telling the ghost of Den Watts to "get outta my pub!" In November 2005, as part of the BBC's Children In Need 2005 charity night, a Catherine Tate Show/EastEnders mini episode was broadcast.
    More Details Hide Details It featured Windsor as Peggy in the Queen Victoria Public House, being tormented by Catherine Tate's schoolgirl character Lauren Cooper.
    She rejoined the cast in mid-2005, initially on a one-year contract, though this was later extended.
    More Details Hide Details The Doctor Who episode "Army of Ghosts" broadcast on 1 July 2006 included a specially recorded clip featuring her appearing in character.
  • 1999
    Age 61
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A debilitating case of the Epstein-Barr virus forced a two-year absence from the role between 2003 and 2005, although Windsor was able to make a two episode appearance in 2004.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 55
    She reprised the role for a national tour in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details When the soap opera began in 1985, the producers said they would only cast unknown actors. The Shoreditch-born Windsor said that she regretted this, as she'd liked to have taken part. By 1994 this policy was relaxed, and Windsor was cast in the series.
  • FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 43
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 34
    In 1972 she appeared in the West End in Tony Richardson's The Threepenny Opera with his then wife, Vanessa Redgrave.
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  • 1970
    Age 32
    In 1970 she landed the role of music hall legend Marie Lloyd in the musical-biopic Sing A Rude Song.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in Lionel Bart's musical flop Twang! (directed by Joan Littlewood) and in the musical Come Spy with Me with Danny La Rue.
  • 1964
    Age 26
    She also appeared in several Carry On television and compilation specials between 1964 and 1977.
    More Details Hide Details One of her most iconic scenes was in Carry On Camping in 1969, where her bikini top flew off during outdoor aerobic exercises. In classic Carry On style, exposure is implied but little is in fact seen. From 1973 to 1975 she appeared with several of the Carry On team in the West End revue Carry On London! During this time she had a well-publicised affair with her co-star, Sid James. She was strongly identified with the Carry On films for many years, which restricted the variety of roles she was chosen to play later.
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1954
    Age 16
    Her first film role was in The Belles of St Trinian's released in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details 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 (1963), achieving a BAFTA nomination for Best British Film Actress. She also appeared in the film comedy Crooks in Cloisters (1964), the fantasy film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and in the sitcoms The Rag Trade and Wild, Wild Women. Windsor appeared as "Saucy Nancy" in the second series of the ITV children's programme Worzel Gummidge (1980), based on the books by Barbara Euphan Todd.
  • 1953
    Age 15
    She took the stage name Windsor in 1953, inspired by the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
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  • 1952
    Age 14
    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.
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  • 1950
    Age 12
    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).
    More Details Hide Details She received a BAFTA Award nomination for the film Sparrows Can't Sing (1963), and a Tony Award nomination for the 1964 Broadway production of Oh, What A Lovely War! In 1972, she starred opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the West End production of The Threepenny Opera. Between 1964 and 1974, she appeared in nine Carry On films, including Carry On Spying (1964), Carry On Doctor (1967), Carry On Camping (1969), Carry On Henry (1971) and Carry On Abroad (1972). She also co-presented the 1977 Carry On compilation That's Carry On! Other film roles include A Study in Terror (1965), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and as the voice of Mallymkun -The Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Windsor is of English and Irish ancestry. She passed her 11-plus exams gaining a place at Our Lady’s Convent in Stamford Hill.
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