Wednesday 22 November 2017

BBC biopic to show different side of Dame Barbara Windsor

Dame Barbara Windsor starred in the Carry On franchise and EastEnders
Dame Barbara Windsor starred in the Carry On franchise and EastEnders

A different side of Dame Barbara Windsor will be revealed in a BBC biopic planned to celebrate her 80th birthday, the ex-EastEnders star has said.

The former Carry On star said so far she had been kept in the dark over the 90-minute special but expected the writers to reveal untold parts of her life story.

Speaking at a lunch she was hosting for disabled and disadvantaged charity Variety, the actress said: "You have a 'this is me Barbara Windsor' and everyone thinks that's who it is."

"But they've got through to the other part of me and so I'm very thrilled the BBC are doing it."

The biopic is being written by former EastEanders writer and series consultant Tony Jordan.

Titled Babs, it will centre on the Londoner's lonely childhood, complicated relationship with her father and her doomed marriage to Ronnie Knight.

It will also depict how she became the blonde bombshell in the Carry On films.

Asked if she knew who was playing her in the biopic, she told the Press Association: "My god, you're kidding. I keep phoning up and saying when can I come and see who's playing me. Who's playing my dad. Who's playing my husband.

"All I know is they're doing auditions as we speak.

"I've seen the beautiful pictures of it and I mustn't get too close to it and say 'oh no I wouldn't do that' or 'I wouldn't do that'."

She added: "There's a lovely writer from EastEnders, the wonderful Tony Jordan. He knows me and I've worked with him so I think they will get it right."

"And I know a lot of the other people and I trust them.

"I think it'll be a bit different."

She said she was "thrilled" it was the BBC doing the programme.

"I've loved working at the BBC and they gave me that wonderful chance to play my age [in EastEnders]."

"When they get it right they really get it right."

Dame Barbara, who earlier this year left the long-running BBC One soap, has previously said it was "the right time" for her life-story to be told.

Press Association

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