Barbara Windsor

Dame Barbara Windsor only appeared in nine out of 30 of the original run of Carry Ons yet her perky wiggle and infectious giggle are a vital part of British comedy history.

Her first Carry On appearance was in 1964’s “Carry On Spying” as secret agent Daphne Honeybutt.

Before Barbara Windsor dived into the Carry On Films, she was part of the experimental theatre company that created “Sparrows Can’t Sing”. Called “Sparrers Can’t Sing” when it was originally staged at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, in 1960, the stage play was a mix of Stephen Lewis’ script and improvisation by the cast.

A blend of comedy, music, and a modern representation of London’s East End, it was the first English-language film to be released in America with subtitles to translate the Cockney rhyming slang.

The only film by renowned theatre director Joan Littlewood, the casting of Barbara Windsor in her first starring film role earned Babs a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress at the 17th British Academy Film Awards.

From “Crooks in Cloisters” & Carry Ons to Eastenders & Damehood, Barbara Windsor has become a national treasure for her much-loved performances.