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It’s been a week since Dame Barbara Windsor passed away from Alzheimer’s and her presence in the entertainment stratosphere has undoubtably been missed. Tributes have been pouring in from fellow co-stars and friends, all clamouring to praise the actress for both her talent and her friendship. Actor Ross Kemp, who played her on-screen son Grant Mitchell in Eastenders took to Twitter to express his loss, saying:
 
“Dame Barbara Windsor, the woman who always had time for everybody, has sadly left us. I will miss Bar always.”
 
While long-time friend and Eastenders’ co-star Pat St Clements (aka East End’s Pat Butcher) told BBC News: “She was a brilliantly vivacious, joyful person, and a light’s gone out today I’m afraid.”
 
It was that vivacious spirit that saw her light up the West End stage for many years before landing a prominent role in the Carry On movies as the wide-eyed, perky, blonde bombshell with the infectious laugh. In 1994 she took on another career-defining role as matriarch Peggy Mitchell in the soap Eastenders. Windsor swapped her flirty giggle for a razor-sharp tongue and a swift slap but remained just as captivating as ever before.
 
In honour of her work we take a look back at her best moments in the two roles that changed her life.
Babs making her Carry On debut as Daphne Honeybutt in the 1964 film Carry On Spying

Barbara turns heads as nurse Sandra May in 1967’s Carry on Doctor

From nips slips and comedy high jinks to lots of giggles, Barbara Windsor serves up the laughs in the Best of Carry On

Her Eastenders debut shows the softer side of Peggy Mitchell

You’re barred! Windsor as Peggy Mitchell giving punters the boot

A formidable force on Albert Square we look back at Barbara’s best moments as Peggy Mitchell

Janet A Leigh

Janet A Leigh

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