2020 Deaths of Notables

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Dame Barbara Windsor: Carry On and EastEnders actress dies aged 83​

BBC News
11th December 2020

Barbara Windsor


Actress Dame Barbara Windsor, best known for her roles in EastEnders and the Carry On films, has died aged 83.

Her husband Scott Mitchell said she had died peacefully from Alzheimer's/dementia at a London care home on Thursday evening.
She had been diagnosed with the disease in 2014 and had moved to a care home earlier this year.

Mr Mitchell said her final weeks were "full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end".

Dame Barbara appeared in nine of the 31 films in the comedy series Carry On, and also made appearances in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and On the Fiddle with Sean Connery.

She was well-known for her portrayal of landlady Peggy Mitchell in BBC soap EastEnders, starring alongside her on-screen children Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden.

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Dame Barbara Windsor in Carry On Camping, 1969