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Barbara Windsor

Barbara Windsor


8/6/1937, Shoreditch, London

Birth Name

Barbara Ann Deeks


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Barbara Windsor is a very popular film and television actress, most famous for her roles in many of the "Carry On" films in the 1960s and 1970s and in recent years in the role of Peggy Mitchell, the matriarch of "The Queen Vic" pub on the long running BBC soap Eastenders.more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Barbara attended the wedding of her EastEnders co-star Samantha Janus to Mark Womack on 17th May 2009.

    • Barbara was a close friend of Carry On co-star, Kenneth Williams, although they did not get on at first and he almost vetoed her role in Carry On Spying in 1964.

    • Barbara attended the funeral of fellow Eastenders co-star, Wendy Richard, on 9th March 2009.

    • Barbara refers to fellow co-star in EastEnders, Patsy Palmer, as "the daughter she never had".

    • In an interview in 1987 on TV-AM she said that her favourite "Carry On" is the 1971 film Carry on Henry.

    • Barbara was romantically linked to the gangster Reggie Kray in the 1960s.

    • Barbara famously had an affair with her "Carry On" co-star Sid James which she talks about in her autobiography "All of Me".

    • Barbara's first husband, Ronnie Knight, ran away to Spain after he was accused of carrying out a bank robbery.

    • Barbara was nominated for a Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award in 1965 for her performance in Oh, What A Lovely War! directed by her mentor, Joan Littlewood.

    • Barbara's famous bubbly laugh is her trademark.

    • When Barbara was 15 she was in the chorus line of a London musical. She stayed with that show for 2 years, although during that time she did take some minor roles in films such as The Belles of St. Trinian's and A Kid for Two Farthings.

    • Barbara went to a number of professional schools. She made her stage debut at the age of 12.

    • Barbara's first film role was in 1954 in The Belles of St. Trinian's when she was 16.

    • Her nicknames include:

      The Queen of Carry On
      Little Bird
      One-take Windsor

    • Barbara is 4'11" (1.50 m).

    • Barbara has had 3 husbands:

      Scott Mitchell (8 April 2000 - present)
      Stephen Hollings (12 April 1986 - 1995) (divorced)
      Ronnie Knight (2 March 1964 - January 1985) (divorced)

    • Barbara was nominated for a 1965 Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for her performance in "Oh, What A Lovely War!" directed by her mentor, Joan Littlewood.

    • Barbara was forced to take a two-year long absence from "EastEnders" from 2003 to 2005 due to the Epstein-Barr virus.

    • Barbara was trained in dance at age 6 and also took elocution lessons while young.

    • Barbara is the only child of John and Rose Deeks. John Deeks was a costermonger (fruit/vegetable street seller) and Rose was a dressmaker. John and Rose eventually divorced.

    • Salary:

      Carry on Doctor (1967) £ 1,500
      Carry on Abroad (1972) £ 2,500

    • Barbara has an autobiography called "Barbara: The Laughter and Tears of a Cockney Sparrow."

    • Barbara has appeared in over 1300 Eastenders episodes between 1994 - 2009.

    • Barbara was awarded an M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's New Years Honours List.

    • In her autobiography "All of Me," Barbara candidly talks about her affair with her "Carry On" co-star Sid James. She was also romantically linked to the gangster Reggie Kray in the 1960s as well as "Bee Gee" Maurice Gibb.

    • Barbara appeared in 9 of the 36 Carry On films starting with Carry On Spying in 1964 and finishing with Carry On Dick in 1974. Her fans often think she was in a lot more of them.

  • Quotes

    • Barbara: I don't have any regrets about not having kids. I've just never had those maternal feelings. I am a nurturer by nature, but I nurture adults: my friends, the people I work with. I don't want to nurture children.

    • (About Joan Sims who died in 2001)
      Barbara: To me she was the last of the great Carry Ons. She was there at the beginning. Her talent was wonderful, she could do any accent, dialect, she could dance, sing, play dowdy and glam. We laughed all the time and giggled a lot. I will sorely miss her.

    • Barbara: In my late 40s I found it difficult at casting interviews because people would still think I was as young as I appeared in the Carry Ons. I would go for a part that was my age but they would have seen Carry On Camping the night before and say I was far too young.

    • (About the Carry On films.)
      Barbara: We didn't get a lot of money and we did always seem to be doing outside shots in winter but it paid the mortgage and I loved it.

    • (About her waxwork in Madame Tussauds in London.)
      Barbara: It's amazing, fantastic. It's spot on and absolutely sensational.

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