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

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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 at a London care home on Thursday evening. He said she would be remembered for the "love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives". The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who both met Dame Barbara, paid tribute to her acting and charity work. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: "So sad about Barbara Windsor, so much more than a great pub landlady and Carry On star." He added that she was "one of those people that just cheered you up, and cheered everybody up because she had a kind of irrepressible naughtiness that was totally innocent. "She did a lot of good work for charity and looking after lonely and vulnerable people, she lit up people's faces." Sir Elton John added: "The world has lost the biggest ray of light. And heaven has the sweetest and funniest angel." The BBC's EastEnders programme also paid tribute, saying they were "all deeply saddened".

Dame Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014 and had moved to a care home earlier this year. She appeared in nine films in the Carry On comedy series, plus Sparrows Can't Sing, for which she was nominated for a Bafta, as well as parts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and On the Fiddle with Sir Sean Connery. She was well-known to millions of TV viewers for her portrayal of landlady Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders, starring alongside her on-screen children Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden. Her last appearance in the soap came in 2016, the same year she was made a dame for her services to charity and entertainment. She also worked in theatre - making her stage debut at 13 - and appeared in productions including Oh! What A Lovely War and Fings Ain't Wot They Used To Be.

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