Barbara Windsor is one of the UK’s most famous faces and was awarded an MBE in the Millennium New Year honours. Her portrayal of Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders and her long showbiz career have earned her awards such as BBC Personality of the Year, Best Actress in the TV Soap Awards, and the prestigious Women in Film and Television Awards.
A true Eastender, Barbara made her stage debut at 13 and her West End debut a year later.
She has appeared in such TV shows as The Rag Trade, Dad’s Army, Worzel Gummidge and One Foot in the Grave.
Barbara achieved fame for her appearances in the classic Carry On Films and is still one of the most sought after panto stars in the UK.
In 2009 Barbara was awarded A Lifetime Achievement Award at The British Soap Awards for her work in Eastenders and past contribution to television. In 2010 she was featured as the voice of The Dormouse in Tim Burton’s 3D feature film box office hit of “Alice in Wonderland”.
After 16 years, Barbara left Eastenders in September 2010. She has since received the 'Bernard Delfont Award for Outstanding Contribution to Show business' by the Variety Club of Great Britain, and a Life Time Achievement at The Tric Awards. She was also given “The Freedom of the City of London”.
In 2011 Barbara became the Mayor’s ‘Street Party Ambassador’ to encourage more people to get involved with their local communities and help support isolated neighbours. In this role, Barbara will visit and promote the work of a number of community projects across London.