Actor Barbara Windsor dies aged 83

Carry On star later became best known for playing landlady Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders

British actress Dame Barbara Windsor has died after a years-long battle with Alzheimer's. Windsor first found fame in the Carry On Films in the 60s, later becoming a household name in her role as pub landlady Peggy Mitchell in the soap Eastenders.

 

The British actor Barbara Windsor, known for her role as landlady Peggy Mitchell in the soap EastEnders, has died aged 83.

“It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that my darling wife Barbara passed away at 8.35 pm on Thursday 10 December at a London Care Home,” Windsor’s husband, Scott Mitchell, said in a statement. “Her passing was from Alzheimer’s/Dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last 7 days by her side,” the statement continued.

Windsor had been diagnosed with the disease in 2014 and had moved to a care home earlier this year.

She debuted as Peggy Mitchell on EastEnders in 1994, taking a sabbatical from the show for medical reasons in 2003, before returning as a series regular in 2005. Windsor quit the long-running soap in 2009, saying she wanted to spend more time with her husband, whom she had married in 2000.

The actor said at the time that the role as landlady Peggy Mitchell, which saw her famously shouting “Get outta my pub” at startled locals, had changed her life.

Before EastEnders, Windsor had been mostly known as a comedy actor. She made her film-acting debut in The Belles of St Trinian’s in 1954 and shot to prominence with the innuendo-laden Carry On series in the 1960s and 70s.

“It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserves,” her husband said. “I will always be immensely proud of Barbara’s courage, dignity and generosity dealing with her own illness and still trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as she could.” – Reuters