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Barbara Windsor 1937 - 2020

Barbara Windsor
Barbara Windsor Image credit: theguardian.com

Dame Barbara Windsor has died at the age of 83, she was best known for her role as Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders and starring in the popular Carry On films.

Her husband Scott Mitchell announced the sad news saying she passed away on Thursday evening at a care home.

The much-loved actress was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2014 and moved into residential care earlier this year.

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

The PM said she "campaigned for the lonely and the vulnerable - and cheered the world up with her own British brand of harmless sauciness and innocent scandal. Thoughts with Scott and all her family & friends."

As well as her TV career Barbara appeared in a number of stage productions including Fings Ain’t Wot They Used To Be and Oh! What A Lovely War.

After she was diagnosed with dementia she became an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and met the Prime Minister to raise awareness about the illness.

The actress delivered a petition to No. 10 signed by 100,000 people saying the system for dementia patients was "completely inadequate, unfair, unsustainable and in dire need of more money" and campaigning for better care.

Mr Mitchell said: "It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserve.

"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."

ABLE2UK followers have paid tribute to Barbara on social media.

Ella Riseley tweeted: ‘So much love for her and her family , RIP x’

Joanne Price said: ‘Fascinating lady- I always remember her episode of “who do you think you are?” I thoroughly enjoyed finding out about her heritage& that she was a descendant of a famous artist. She lit the screen up with every character she played.’

In November 2014 Barbara Winsdor was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of East London.