Aug. 6th, 1937
Shoreditch, London, England, UK
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Barbara Windsor got a glimpse of theatrical life at an early age when her grandmother took her backstage at a theatre and she decided that was what she wanted to do. She attended several professional schools before making her stage debut at age 12. At 15 she got a job in the chorus line of a London musical and stayed with the show for the next two years, although she took some minor roles in films during that time. She did become well known in the London theatrical scene, but it was the series of "Carry On" comedies that made her a star. Although she appeared in only nine films in the long-running series (she left because she thought they were getting too risqué), she made such an impression as the basically goodhearted but dizzy sexpot that many of the series' fans believe she was in many more than she actually was. She almost didn't get the part originally, as she and series regular Kenneth Williams (I) took an instant dislike to each other, but that was soon overcome and they became lifelong friends.
After she left the series she continued her stage and film work, and became a regular in a long-running British soap opera, "EastEnders" (1985) as the matriarch of "The Queen Vic" - "Peggy Mitchell".
- In order to play the character 'Goldie' in the film _Carry on Again Doctor (1969)_ (qv) she went on a very strict diet without informing the film's director, 'Gerald Thomas (I)' (qv). Thomas was unhappy on seeing Barbara's new slimline figure and remarked, "Well, that's the joke about Bristols out of the window."
- In a 1987 TV-AM interview she stated her favourite Carry On film is _Carry on Henry (1971)_ (qv).
- She was awarded an M.B.E. (Member of the order of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's New Years Honours List.
- Was in attendance at the wedding of her _"EastEnders" (1985)_ (qv) co-star 'Samantha Womack' (qv) to 'Mark Womack (I)' (qv) (17 May 2009).
- The only child of John Deeks, a costermonger (fruit/vegetable street seller), and wife Rose, a dressmaker, who eventually divorced. She was trained in dance at age 6 and also took elocution lessons while young.
- First husband, Ronnie Knight, fled to Spain after bank robbery charges were filed against him.
- In her autobiography "All of Me," Windsor candidly talks about her affair with her "Carry On" co-star 'Sid James (I)' (qv). She was also romantically linked to the gangster Reggie Kray in the 1960s as well as "Bee Gee" 'Maurice Gibb' (qv). She also discusses her five abortions, the first three taking place before the age of 21, and the last occurring when she was 42; her cosmetic surgeries; and numerous nervous breakdowns and hospitalizations. She also freely admits her penchant for younger men (present husband Scott is 26 years younger than she).
- Is a close friend of _"EastEnders" (1985)_ (qv) co-star 'Patsy Palmer' (qv), referring to her as "the daughter she never had".
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