Dame Barbara Windsor, the iconic actress famously known for her roles in the Carry On film series as well as her landmark role as Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders, has passed away at the age of 83, he husband has confirmed.
Britain is left in mourning today as one of the country’s most iconic figures of film and television has sadly died. Her husband Scott Mitchell announced in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that my darling wife, Barbara, passed away at 8.35pm on Thursday 10 December at a London care home.
Mitchell confirmed that the actress died following her tragic battle with Alzheimer’s which had been a challenging time for the family. “Her passing was from Alzheimer’s/dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side,” continued Mitchell.
“Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, a smile and affection for the many years of her love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives and the entertainment she gave to so many thousands of others during her career,” Mitchell said, paying tribute to a charming and charitable personality both on and off-screen.
“Barbara’s final weeks were typical of how she lived her life. Full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end.
“It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserves. 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.”
Windsor may have initially found fame within the Carry On films, a set of slapstick British comedic parodies. But it was as Peggy Mitchell, the landlord of the Queen Victoria pub in Eastenders, that she landed her most famous role and her landmark line: “Get outta my pub!”
A national treasure, there’s no doubt that Barbara Windsor will be sorely missed.