Dame Barbara Windsor dies aged 83

Dame Barbara Windsor dies aged 83

Actress Dame Barbara Windsor, who is best known for her roles in EastEnders and the Carry On films, has died at aged 83.

Her husband Scott Mitchell said she had passed peacefully from Alzheimer's at a London care home on Thursday evening.

He recounted his wife’s life beautifully, and said she would be remembered for the "love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives".

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who both met Dame Barbara, also went on to pay tribute to her acting and charity work.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "So sad about Barbara Windsor, so much more than a great pub landlady and Carry On star."

He went on to say that she was "one of those people that just cheered you up, and cheered everybody up because she had a kind of irrepressible naughtiness that was totally innocent.

"She did a lot of good work for charity and looking after lonely and vulnerable people, she lit up people's faces."

Dame Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014 and had moved to a care home earlier in 2020.

She appeared in nine films in the Carry On comedy series, plus Sparrows Can't Sing, for which she was nominated for a Bafta, as well as parts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and On the Fiddle with Sir Sean Connery.

She made a permanent mark for her portrayal of landlady Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders.